Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal’s captain, has spoken out to defend the timing of his interview. He told Piers Morgan that it wouldn’t affect the “concentration and focus” of the changing room ahead of the World Cup.
Ronaldo stated at a press conference, “In my life, the best timing is always mine timing.”
“I don’t have to worry about what other people think. I can speak whenever I want. They know me well and have known me for many years.
“It is an ambitious group that is hungry for success and is focused. It [the interview] will not shake the focus and concentration of the changing room.
Morgan was interviewed last week by Manchester United’s forward, 37-year-old Erik ten Hag. He said he felt betrayed and questioned whether he would ever return to the club.
Manchester United said Friday it had “initiated appropriate actions” to respond to Ronaldo’s interview.
Many British media outlets claim that Ronaldo’s interview caused the club to consider canceling his contract.
Both The Guardian and The Athletic quoted sources claiming that Ronaldo has been threatened with legal action by the club. The Guardian reported that the forward was instructed by the club to not return to Carrington, its training ground after the World Cup ends.
Since arriving in Doha on Friday, Ronaldo has been training with his teammate as usual since he was ruled out by a stomach bug that prevented him from playing against Nigeria in Lisbon.
Ronaldo stated, “I feel great, I’m recovering and I’m training hard and ready for the World Cup in the best way possible.”
Ronaldo will be appearing at his fifth and final World Cup. He believes Portugal is the best team in the tournament.
“I believe that the Portugal team has incredible potential. We can win, I believe. But we must focus on the next match. It’s about focusing on Ghana, getting a win, and then moving on.
“We will find out in the end which team is the best, but I think Portugal is the best in this World Cup.” He added that “but we must show it on the pitch”.
Portugal is part of World Cup Group H along with South Korea, Uruguay, and Ghana.