‘Ex players who were nothing, who were S**T… talk about Cristiano like they are something’: Former Portugal star Fabio Coentrao lashes out ‘ugly’ criticism of ‘great person’ Cristiano Ronaldo during his bombshell interview and Man United exit
Former Portugal and Real Madrid star Fabio Coentrao has taken issue with his former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo’s criticism for the way he has behaved this season.
The 37-year-old parted ways with United after his explosive interview with Piers Morgan in which he criticized the club, Erik ten Hag and the Glazers.
A number of the striker’s former teammates have shared their thoughts on the situation, including Gary Neville and Wayne Rooney, among many others.
Fabio Coentrao (left) has criticized his former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo’s criticism
The 37-year-old parted ways with United after an explosive interview with Piers Morgan
However, Coentrao, who played alongside Ronaldo at both Real Madrid and Portugal, has spoken out about the criticism he endured during his stellar interview and leaving the bench early in United’s win over Tottenham Hotspur.
“I don’t feel motivated to talk, but I had to because I don’t like hearing what they say about Cristiano,” Coentrao said. Portuguese News Center Record PT.
“There are ex-players who were nothing, they were sh*t, and they talk about Cristiano like they are something [in football]. They don’t have to talk like that.
“Even though he’s not performing at his level, it’s pretty ugly. People start talking about him, saying he doesn’t get along with his teammates and things get misinterpreted.
“It’s awful, I know what he’s like. I’ve lived with him for many years and he doesn’t need to tell me how things are: I know.
Former Portugal defender Coentrao has called Ronaldo a “fantastic person”.
‘There’s no way Cristiano can’t get along with Bruno [Fernandes] or with one of his teammates, [because he is a] fantastic human being.’
There have been questions about a rift in the Portuguese dressing room between Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes given his great interview about United.
There was intrigue surrounding a seemingly frosty reception Ronaldo received from Fernandes when they first met at Portugal’s training camp ahead of the World Cup in Lisbon.
Bruno Fernandes appeared to give Cristiano Ronaldo an icy reception after his interview with Piers Morgan, but he has now explained it was a joke between the pair
However, Fernandes revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo joked that his personal jet got to Portugal’s team base faster than his former Manchester United team-mate with a scheduled flight when the two first met ahead of the World Cup campaign.
Fernandes said, “Actually, I was on a plane for two hours. I was not in the same mood and he was joking. He has his plane, his opportunity, this time I couldn’t come.
“If we have the opportunity, we travel together, but if you take scheduled flights, there are delays. He could laugh. I could not do it.’
Ronaldo is now on a free transfer and has been linked with a move to Chelsea, with Blues owner Todd Boehly reportedly keen to bring the Portuguese star to Stamford Bridge.
Ronaldo is now on a free transfer and has been linked with moves to Chelsea and Saudi Arabia
There is also talk of a lucrative offer to play in Saudi Arabia’s Pro League, as Al-Hilal previously offered Ronaldo a £210m contract worth two seasons.
The attacker is currently at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and is preparing for Portugal’s opening match against Ghana this afternoon.
His future is unlikely to be decided before the end of the tournament, with full focus on adding the World Cup to his Euro 2016 winners’ medal.
Ronaldo will also be determined to score in a fifth World Cup, breaking a record currently held by an elite group of players including Pelé, Lionel Messi, Miroslav Klose and Uwe Seeler.