Cristiano Ronaldo breaks silence on interview with Piers Morgan: ‘I talk when I want to’


Cristiano Ronaldo believes he has nothing to prove to anyone after his explosive interview in which he claimed he felt betrayed by Manchester United. 

In a wide-ranging interview with Piers Morgan for TalkTV, the 37-year-old forward said he feels he is being forced out of United, does not respect manager Erik ten Hag and claimed the Glazer family do not care about the club. 

After the interview, The Athletic reported that United are exploring the possibility of terminating Ronaldo’s contract. On Nov, 22, The Athletic reported that Manchester United have agreed to a Cristiano Ronaldo exit.

But when speaking on international duty with Portugal at the World Cup, Ronaldo says that he is not worried about how his actions will impact the squad considering the timing of his interview. 

He said: “In my life, the best timing is always my timing.

“I don’t have to think about what other people think. I speak when I want. The players know me really well for many years and know the type of person I am.

“It’s an ambitious group (Portugal) that is hungry and focused. So I’m sure it (the interview) won’t shake the changing room’s concentration and focus.

After missing Thursday’s friendly against Nigeria due to a stomach problem, Ronaldo also said he is feeling in great shape ahead of Portugal’s first World Cup match in Qatar against Ghana. 

“I’m feeling great, I’m recovered and I’m training well and ready to start the World Cup in the best way possible,” he added.

“I feel that this Portugal squad has amazing potential. I think we can win for sure, but we need to focus on the next game. So, it’s focusing on Ghana, get a win and go from there.

“We will see in the end who the best team is, but I believe Portugal is the best team in this World Cup. But we need to show it on the pitch.”

Portugal’s Group H match against Ghana is this Thursday. They will then face Uruguay next Monday and South Korea on December 2.



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