As if Cristiano Ronaldo’s interview with Piers Morgan wasn’t bad enough, the shortage of remorse showed by the Portugal international means his Manchester United profession is now well and truly unsalvageable. It wasn’t meant to be this fashion when the veteran made his Hollywood homecoming to Old Trafford in last summer’s transfer window. But, now, an unsightly divorce beckons.
Last week, Ronaldo stunned the world with an interview with Morgan where he tore Manchester United to shreds.
No one was secure as he spoke out, criticising Erik ten Hag, the Glazers and even the attitude of his own team-mates as he sought to set the record straight on what he perceives to be ‘disrespectful’ treatment of himself at Old Trafford.
Ronaldo even claimed the club had made ‘zero progress’ within the years since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement. Chefs at Carrington were dragged into his argument, although the 37-year-old insisted they were ‘nice individuals’.
But now, the Portugal international has done something arguably even worse.
Ronaldo has rightly attracted huge criticism for the way in which he’s conducted himself. With just three goals to his name (two of those have come against Sheriff within the Europa League), he is not able to play God.
Yet the veteran has now gone one further by showing an astonishing lack of remorse for his actions while speaking ahead of Portugal’s World Cup opener with Ghana.
“Timing is all the time timing,” said the 37-year-old, who attended a press conference with no prior warning he’d be there.
“Out of your side it is straightforward to have a look at how we will selected timings.
“Sometimes you write truths, sometimes you write lies. I don’t must worry what others think.
“I talk when I would like to. Everybody knows who I’m, what I think in.”
He also said he was ‘bulletproof’ and ‘ironclad’, coming out fighting at a time where he’s hoping to finally win the grandest prize of all on the last time of asking.
However the sheer arrogance is startling.
Ronaldo of old deserved special treatment and indulging. When he scored 60 goals a season for Real Madrid, after all Los Blancos were going to bounce to his every tune.
Yet this version doesn’t. And he looks as if a teen today, sullen and sulky and believing everybody is out to get him – which is not the case.
Ronaldo is an ideal of the sport. Probably the best of all time because, unlike Lionel Messi, he’s spent large periods of his profession operating outside of his comfort zone.
But by refusing to apologise, even for something as small because the timing of the interview reasonably than the content, he’s now well and truly burned his bridges at Old Trafford.
Ronaldo has, after all, all the time had an ego. And many of the stuff he said within the interview is comprehensible. The criticism of Ten Hag and his team-mates, nevertheless, means he well and truly crossed a line.
Arsenal legend Ray Parlour is one one who agrees with this stance on the matter. Chatting with Express Sport recently, he said: “He’s actually overstepped the mark, really.
“Everyone has seen what he’s done over his profession and he’s been an unbelievable player, best on the earth together with Lionel Messi over the past 10 years.
“But there are particular ways you allow a club.
“And Manchester United, the way in which he’s dug into certain managers and disrespected people, I do not think you might want to try this.
“He’s done it for a reason. Obviously I do not think he’ll play for them ever again, it’ll be interesting to see how they move him on.
“I feel everyone knew concerning the Glazers, that was a simple tap-in for him as everyones all the time saying they are not doing enough for the club.
“But to have a go at your managers, it’s an affordable shot. You didn’t really want to try this while you’re Ronaldo.
“Piers Morgan will profit rather a lot greater than Ronaldo.”
He’s right. Ronaldo is a United legend, and all the time might be, but his refusal to apologise or backtrack at the primary opportunity shows he’s a person too wrapped up in himself.