In an explosive interview on Sunday, Cristiano Ronaldo said he feels “betrayed” by Manchester United as he claimed manager Erik ten Hag and other senior executives are trying to force him to leave.
Since Ten Hag took over as United manager in May, Ballon d’Or has been a peripheral figure.
Earlier this month, Ronaldo was disciplined for refusing to come on as a substitute against Tottenham, but has since returned to the side and captained them against Aston Villa last weekend.
The 37-year-old, however, wasn’t in the squad for United’s 2-1 win over Fulham on Sunday before the World Cup break.
In an interview with Piers Morgan Uncensored TV, Ronaldo said of Ten Hag: “I don’t respect him because he doesn’t respect me.”
I felt betrayed by the coach and two or three others around the club.”
Upon being asked again if club executives tried to oust him, Ronaldo said: “Yes, I felt betrayed and felt like some people didn’t want me here, not just this year, but last year too.”
He came back to ManU from Juventus in August 2021.
In his first spell at United, under Alex Ferguson, he won three Premier League titles, the Champions League and his first Ballon d’Or.
Last season, despite his 24 goals, United finished sixth in the Premier League and missed out on Champions League qualification.
In the meantime, Ronaldo tried to make an exit before the start of this season, but he couldn’t find another club to sign with.
When I got back to United, I saw no evolution since Sir Alex left. Nothing had changed,” said Ronaldo.
It’s because I want the best for the club that I come to Manchester United. The problem is, you have things inside that don’t help us reach the same level as (Manchester) City, Liverpool, and even now Arsenal…a club of this size should be top of the tree, but they’re not.”
The Red Devils are fifth in the Premier League, 11 points behind league leader, Arsenal.