Cristiano Ronaldo has insisted that footage of alleged incidents with Portugal teammates Bruno Fernandes and Joao Cancelo has been blown out of proportion following his controversial interview.
Having spoken overtly of his frustrations at Manchester United, Ronaldo’s first assembly with Previous Trafford teammate attracted loads of consideration after he gave the impression to be given an uncomfortable welcome by the midfielder, earlier than Ronaldo appeared to frustrate Manchester Metropolis’s Cancelo in a later coaching session.
Requested about each incidents throughout a shock press convention on Monday, Ronaldo was adamant that there was nothing of curiosity occurring.
“It was one other one which, sadly, went flawed for us,” Ronaldo mentioned of the footage with Fernandes. “My relationship with him is great. His aircraft arrived late and I merely requested if he had come by boat. I used to be goofing round.
“It was the identical with Cancelo. He had a troublesome begin to coaching, so I grabbed him by the neck and mentioned: ‘Get up, come on, you have received this’. One other controversy in your finish.”
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Portugal’s World Cup opener comes in opposition to Ghana on Thursday, earlier than which Ronaldo admitted even profitable the match wouldn’t finish the controversy over whether or not he’s the sport’s best-ever participant.
“Even when I win the World Cup that can proceed. Some individuals like me extra, some much less. It’s like in life, some like blondes, some like brunettes.
“I’ve at all times needed to present what I can do 12 months after 12 months, particularly for myself, household and followers. Everybody has an opinion. I respect that.
“I might dwell to win this match. I’m bold however for those who inform me I received’t win any extra tournaments I might nonetheless be completely satisfied given all I’ve received. I might be proud of my achievements. Within the historical past books all different information will probably be there. However clearly a World Cup on the shelf wouldn’t be unhealthy. It will be a dream. I hope all of the power is on the proper facet and on our facet.”