Cristiano Ronaldo breaks his silence over explosive interview
21st November 2022

Cristiano Ronaldo finally addresses his Piers Morgan interview and insists he WON’T be silenced as he makes an unscheduled appearance at Portugal’s press conference to beg the media to STOP asking his team-mates about it

  • Cristiano Ronaldo made a surprise appearance at a World Cup press conference
  • The Manchester United forward faces uncertainty over his future at the club
  • However he described his position as ‘bulletproof’ and ‘iron clad’ on Monday 
  • It is his first public address since his bombshell interview with Piers Morgan 
  • See Sportsmail’s LIVE World Cup blog for all the latest updates from Qatar 
  • Click here for the latest World Cup 2022 news, fixtures, live action and results

Cristiano Ronaldo shocked reporters at the World Cup after he made an unexpected appearance at a press conference. 

The forward – hoping to lead his country to glory in Qatar – defended his infamous Manchester United interview with Piers Morgan, in which he levelled numerous allegations and accusations at his club. 

His interview has dominated the media, but he was quick to ask for the world’s press to stop asking his team-mates about it as he looks to focus on the World Cup. 

Cristiano Ronaldo has asked the media to stop asking his Portugal team-mates about his infamous interview

Ronaldo’s interview with Piers Morgan has seemingly burned all his bridges at Manchester United

‘Timing is always timing,’ he said in his unscheduled appearance on Monday morning. ‘From your side it is easy to look at how we can chose timings. 

‘Sometimes you write truths, sometimes you write lies. I don’t have to worry what others think. I talk when I want to. Everybody knows who I am, what I believe in. They have known me [here] since I was 11. They will not be influenced by what people say and write about me.

‘The atmosphere is excellent, no problems, we are completely focused. You can help by not talking about me. I’m completely bullet-proof and iron-clad. 

‘If you ask other players about Cristiano Ronaldo I would be upset. If you want to ask him about the World Cup and the team, I would like you to do that.’

Portugal’s World Cup campaign kicks off on Thursday against Ghana in Group H

Portugal’s World Cup campaign does not kick-off until Thursday, when they take on Ghana in Group H, but much of the build up has involved speculation on Ronaldo’s club future, rather than his national team’s prospects. 

Footage of Ronaldo greeting Bruno Fernandes went viral

Many pointed to an apparently frosty greeting with United colleague Bruno Fernandes on his arrival at Portugal’s training camp as signs of friction within the training camp.

This particular incident was also covered by Ronaldo on his impromptu showing, and he explained: ‘We were just playing around – we have great relations. His plane was late and I asked him, “Did you come by boat?” I was goofing around. 

‘Same with [Joao] Cancelo. He was sad during practice. I said, “wake up, come on, you’ve got this!” Another controversy on your end.’

Fernandes – United’s primary captain this season – previously denied there was any rift within the national team, stating: ‘I didn’t read the interview, so I’m okay with that. As I said before, now [it] is [the] national team, [it] is Portugal.

‘I said to him, the coach made a point that it’s “us”, so he made that point since I came to the national team in 2017 I think, and that is still clear in his mind.

‘The main thing here is the national team, and us, so we have to be focused on the World Cup because the World Cup doesn’t come every time, you don’t have a chance to play a World Cup many times.

‘Cristiano is lucky to play it five times, this will be his fifth time in the World Cup, so everyone is ready for that and everyone wants to give the best for the team.’

Ronaldo dismissed speculation of any rift in the national side, which Fernandes has echoed

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is aiming to add the World Cup to his already glittering array of honours, having won the Euros with his country in 2016 and likely featuring in his last tournament for his country. 

And he revealed that he has ‘always’ played with responsibility on his shoulders, adding: ‘I always have responsibility. I felt responsibility when I left to live alone in Lisbon. I am watched more than the others but I always have responsibility as a father, as a friend, it is part of my day to day life. 

‘I like to have responsibility. I have always had pressure from young. Sometimes I deal with it well, sometimes not so well. I am not perfect but I have the ability to take on the responsibilities.’ 

But he admitted that many will still question his place in the football hierarchy even if his Portugal side should return home as world champions.  

Ronaldo admitted he doubts winning the World Cup will end his divisive reputation in football

‘Even if I win the World Cup that will continue. Some people like me more, some less. It’s like in life, some like blondes, some like brunettes.

‘I have always had to show what I can do year after year, especially for myself, family and fans. Everyone has an opinion. I respect that.

‘I would live to win this tournament. I’m ambitious but if you tell me I won’t win any more tournaments I would still be happy given all I have won. I would be happy with my achievements. 

‘In the history books all other records will be there. But obviously a World Cup on the shelf wouldn’t be bad. It would be a dream. I hope all the energy is on the right side and on our side.’

Ronaldo admitted that he may not be perfect but he is able to take on ‘the responsibilities’

It is the first time the 37-year-old has openly spoken about the interview – which aired in parts on Wednesday and Thursday last week.

It was reported by Sportsmail that United have begun the legal process of tearing up his £500,000-a-week contract at the club with the intention of not paying him a penny of the £16million he would earn before the end of June 2023. 

This comes after his claims that the club has ‘betrayed’ him, and he admitted to having no respect for manager Erik ten Hag before criticising the already-unpopular owners the Glazer Family.  

The 37-year-old criticised Erik ten Hag and the Glazer family as well as saying he was ‘betrayed’ by the club

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