That chapter is closed. The rest doesn’t matter’: Cristiano Ronaldo deflects questions about his departure from Manchester United during a press conference that lasts just TWO minutes and 12 seconds for winning the man-of-the-match award in the victory of Portugal to Ghana
Cristiano Ronaldo has reflected on leaving Manchester United, saying: ‘This chapter is closed after this week’.
Ronaldo was speaking in his post-match press conference following Portugal’s 3-2 win against Ghana at the World Cup.
It had been suggested that the 37-year-old would not come to the press conference, but was required to attend as he was man of the match.
Cristiano Ronaldo has shrugged off questions about his departure from Manchester United
Ronaldo said: ‘This chapter is closed after this week. It has happened. The rest doesn’t matter.’
It was a very short press conference from Ronaldo that just lasted two minutes and twelve seconds.
Ronaldo opened the scoring with a penalty against Ghana, making him the first player to score in five World Cups.
Ronaldo was named man of the match after scoring in Portugal’s win against Ghana
Despite his struggles with United, Ronaldo remains a key player for Portugal and is currently focused on the national team, so will not turn his attention to his club future until after the World Cup.
The end of Ronaldo’s second spell at United was officially confirmed on Tuesday.
It came after an interview with Piers Morgan in which Ronaldo United, Erik ten Hag and the club owners criticized the Glazers.
During the interview, Ronaldo said he has no respect for United boss Ten Hag.
He said, ‘I have no respect for him [Ten Hag] because he shows no respect for me.
Ronaldo’s departure from United, following his explosive interview, was confirmed this week
“Some people don’t want me here – not just the coach, but the other two or three guys. Not only this year, but also last year.
“To be honest, I shouldn’t say that. But listen, I don’t care. People must listen to the truth. Yes, I feel betrayed.’
Ronaldo also stated that on his return to the club in 2021, he saw no progress at United since his departure in 2009.
“Since Sir Alex Ferguson left I saw no evolution at the club, progress was zero,” he said.
‘Nothing has changed. Not just the pool, the jacuzzi, even the gym. They stopped on time, which surprised me a lot.
“I think the fans should know the truth. I want the best for the club. But you have some things inside [the club] that doesn’t help to reach the top level like City, Liverpool and even now Arsenal.’