Cristiano Ronaldo has insisted his “total and absolute focus” is on playing for Portugal at the 2022 World Cup a day after he said he felt “betrayed” by his club, Manchester United.
Ronaldo said in the interview with Piers Morgan for TalkTV that he felt people were trying to “force him out” of United. A Manchester United statement said the club had “noted the media coverage”.
As the fallout continued, Ronaldo said on Twitter on Monday that he was now focused on representing his nation in Qatar.
“Total and absolute focus on the work of the national team,” he wrote.
“A united group, towards a single objective: to fulfil the dream of all Portuguese people!”
Foco total e absoluto nos trabalhos da Selecção Nacional. Grupo unido, rumo a um só objectivo: realizar o sonho de todos os portugueses! pic.twitter.com/iu2qlJvb62
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) November 14, 2022
Ronaldo, who last month refused to play for Erik ten Hag during a victory over Tottenham Hotspur, went public with a number of his concerns on Sunday.
He said he feels “betrayed” at Old Trafford, adding: “Not only by the coach (Erik ten Hag), but also by two or three other people around the club.
“Some people, I feel, don’t want me here. Not just this year, but last year too.”
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Ronaldo also touched on his relationship with Ten Hag, adding: “I don’t have respect for him because he doesn’t show respect for me.
“If you don’t have respect for me, I’m never gonna have respect for you.”
He also spoke on Ralf Rangnick’s time at the club, who was appointed interim manager after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s departure last season.
The German has had significant success as a director of football but had not managed a team for over two years before taking over at United in November last year, with Ronaldo commenting: “If you’re not even a coach, how are you going to be the boss of Manchester United? I’d never even heard of him.”
Ronaldo told United he wanted to leave this summer, should the club receive a suitable bid, but no satisfactory firm offers were made for the forward.
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