Cristiano Ronaldo continues to be the talk of the town following his bombshell interview with Piers Morgan.
The Portuguese star criticised Manchester United for trying to force him to exit and launched a verbal assault on Red Devils manager Erik ten Hag, Ralf Rangnick and Wayne Rooney.
The first part of the full interview went on air last night, in which Ronaldo discussed various topics, including the failed Manchester City move in the summer of 2021.
The Portuguese international has revealed that he was in talks with United’s city rivals before moving to Old Trafford for his second spell at the advice of Sir Alex Ferguson.
“I think it was the key,” Ronaldo told Morgan. “It was the difference in that moment, but I cannot be loyal if I will, I wouldn’t say that Manchester City wasn’t close.
“But I think, I did [make] a conscious decision. I don’t regret at some point. And as you mentioned before, Sir Alex Ferguson was the key.
“Yes, I did. I spoke with him – he said to me that ‘it’s impossible for you to come to Manchester City’ and I say ‘okay boss’.
“So I took the decisions and I was with the conscience that it was a good decision.”
Ronaldo also threw shade on United, claiming that there had been hardly any progress since Ferguson’s departure.
“At United, the progress was zero, in my opinion,” Ronaldo added. “To compare with Real Madrid and even Juventus, that they follow the rest of the world, so the technology, especially in terms of training, nutrition and conditions of, eat properly and to recover better than before – surprised me.
“Manchester right now to compare with that club, I think it’s behind in my opinion, which is something that surprised me.
“A club with this dimension should be the top of the tree in my opinion and they are not, unfortunately. They are not in that level. But I hope the next years they can reach to be in a top level.”
“I don’t know what’s going on, but since Sir Alex Ferguson left I saw no evolution in the club, the progress was zero.”
It looks like the end of the road for Ronaldo at Old Trafford as United are reportedly considering terminating his contract in January following his comments.
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