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Cristiano Ronaldo INSTIGATED his bombshell ‘betrayal’ interview with Piers Morgan

Piers Morgan has revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo approached him about doing the controversial interview in which the wantaway star claimed he felt ‘betrayed’ by Manchester United.

According to Morgan, Ronaldo wanted to do the interview focusing on troubles at United and his conflicting relationship with Erik ten Hag.

The full two-part sit-down interview will be showcased on Wednesday and Thursday evening. United will be bracing themselves for further bombshell comments from Ronaldo, who sparked anger from within the club and his own team-mates after the first clips were aired on Sunday evening.

Morgan himself admits he maintains a good friendship with the Portuguese star and insisted that he felt compelled to do the interview after being contacted by Ronaldo. 

Piers Morgan (right) has revealed how his shock interview with Cristiano Ronaldo came about

Piers Morgan (right) has revealed how his shock interview with Cristiano Ronaldo came about

Wantaway Man United star Ronaldo has revealed his unhappiness in a rare media interview

Wantaway Man United star Ronaldo has revealed his unhappiness in a rare media interview

‘Cristiano asked me to do it. Simple as that. I didn’t ask him, he asked me. He’s been thinking about this for a while, it’s no secret he has build up deep frustration about what has been happening at United,’ Morgan told talkSPORT.

Ronaldo (left) has revealed he 'doesn't respect' United boss Ten Hag (right)

Ronaldo (left) has revealed he ‘doesn’t respect’ United boss Ten Hag (right)

‘He feels he has to speak out, he knows it will be incendiary, will rattle some changes, but he also feels he should be doing this. He knows people will criticise him but he also knows what he is saying is true. 

‘Sometimes the truth hurts. He’s been thinking about this for a while and I got a call. The World Cup is about to start, it gives him a month away from United and it gives time for what he has said to settle in. He can come back and resolve things.

‘He loves Manchester United and the fans but what he has come,’ said Morgan. 

Ronaldo completed his fairytale return to Old Trafford at the start of the 21/22 season having been convinced to re-join Man United by former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, 12 years after he left to join Real Madrid for a then transfer record of £80million.

His second-stint at the Premier League giants however hasn’t gone to plan, with Ronaldo’s willingness to front his unhappiness in the media the latest controversial move in a season full of dramatics.

Ronaldo wanted the interview published as he spends time away from United at the World Cup

Ronaldo wanted the interview published as he spends time away from United at the World Cup

The 37-year-old (right) admitted to being 'betrayed' by club hierarchy at Manchester United

The 37-year-old (right) admitted to being ‘betrayed’ by club hierarchy at Manchester United

The 37-year-old first cited personal reasons as he was left out of United’s pre-season tour of Asia and Australia. He returned for their final warm-up game against Rayo Vallecano but left the stadium early after being subbed off.

Fast forward to United’s 2-0 victory over Spurs where Ronaldo refuses Ten Hag’s orders to make his way off the bench and instead heading off down the Old Trafford tunnel while play carried on.

Now, Ronaldo appears to have brought his disgruntled feelings to an ominous crescendo by revealing he ‘doesn’t respect’ Ten Hag and feels ‘betrayed’ by senior figures at the club.

Ronaldo (left) previously conducted an interview with Morgan (right) while at Juventus

Ronaldo (left) previously conducted an interview with Morgan (right) while at Juventus

Ronaldo's latest landmark interview caps off a series of off-field controversies this season

Ronaldo’s latest landmark interview caps off a series of off-field controversies this season

Ronaldo's full two-part interview with Morgan will air in full on Wednesday and Thursday

Ronaldo’s full two-part interview with Morgan will air in full on Wednesday and Thursday

His interview with Morgan is another attempt to unhinge Ten Hag’s rule over United’s players, with the Dutchman showing he won’t tolerate bad behaviour lightly as demonstrated by previously banishing Ronaldo from first-team duties and ordering him to train on his own.

Ronaldo will quickly depart Manchester and join up with his Portugal teammates as he prepares for the fifth, and what is expected to be his final, World Cup appearance. 

The timing of the interview allows the headline maker to avoid being swept up in the aftermath of its fallout as Ronaldo runs to hide away from Ten Hag and United’s furious staff in Qatar.

International teammates Diogo Dalot and Bruno Fernandes may bring some of their furore into the Portugal camp however with some of United’s stars reportedly unhappy about Ronaldo’s latest unnecessary outburst.

Portugal and United teammate Bruno Fernandes will link up with Ronaldo at the World Cup

Diogo Dalot may have some strong words from Ronaldo when the duo meet with Portugal

Ronaldo will be unable to escape the wrath of United and Portugal teammates Bruno Fernandes (left) and Diogo Dalot (right) at the World Cup

Snippets from the unreleased television interview also show Ronaldo used the opportunity to fire back at former United teammates that have criticised his off-field antics this year.

His scathing response to Man United and England record goalscorer Wayne Rooney saw Ronaldo slam his ex-teammate – that he lifted the Champions League, Premier League, and League Cup alongside – for being jealous of his career.

 ‘I don’t know why he [Rooney] criticises me so badly… probably because he finished his career and I’m still playing at a high level,’ Ronaldo said in an exclusive interview with Piers Morgan, in an interview with Talk TV.

‘I’m not going to say that I’m looking better than him. Which is true…’

Ronaldo (right) has also lashed out at former Man United teammate Wayne Rooney (middle)

Ronaldo (right) has also lashed out at former Man United teammate Wayne Rooney (middle)

Ronaldo previously revealed he would reveal the ‘truth’ about his return to Old Trafford after missing out on a much-desired summer transfer away from Manchester.

Posting on Instagram in August Ronaldo tempted an interview was in the works as he said: 

‘They know the truth when they interview in a couple weeks. The media is telling lies. 

‘I have a notebook and in the last few months of the 100 news I made, only 5 were right. Imagine how it is. Stick with that tip.’


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