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Cristiano Ronaldo’s former Real Madrid and Portugal team-mate Fabio Coentrao has taken aim at the Portuguese superstar’s critics, calling them nothing but “s***” ex-players. Ronaldo has dominated headlines ever since his interview with Piers Morgan aired where he took several digs at Manchester United as well as current manager Erik ten Hag.
Ronaldo has since mutually terminated his contract at Old Trafford and heads into Portugal’s opening World Cup fixture without a club for the first time in his professional career. The likes of Graeme Souness, Gary Neville and Wayne Rooney have been critical of the way Ronaldo has handled his situation at Old Trafford.
The 37-year-old was a bit-part player for Ten Hag in the opening part of the current Premier League season. He attracted plenty of criticism when he refused to come on as a late substitute for United against Tottenham before leaving the game early in apparent protest to Ten Hag.
But Coentrao has spoken up in defence of his former team-mate, insisting the vitriol towards Ronaldo has been “ugly”. “I don’t feel motivated to talk but I had to because I don’t like to hear what they say about Cristiano,” Coentrao told Record.
“There are ex-players who were nothing, they were sh*t, and they talk about Cristiano as if they were something [in football]. They don’t have to talk like that. Even if he’s not performing at his level, it’s pretty ugly.
“People start talking about him, saying he gets along badly with his team-mates and things get misinterpreted. It’s a horrible thing, I know how he is. I lived with him for many years and he doesn’t have to tell me how things are. I know.
“It’s impossible that Cristiano doesn’t get along with Bruno [Fernandes] or with one of his team-mates, [because he is a] fantastic person.” During Ronaldo’s interview with Morgan, he also took aim at the Glazers for “not caring about the club”.
That’s the same sentiment shared by many United supporters and the Glazers have since put the club up for sale. Avram Glazer was tracked down on Wednesday to give his response to Ronaldo’s criticism.
But the United co-owner deflected the question regarding Ronaldo’s comments. “I’ll tell you about Cristiano Ronaldo, he’s a great Manchester United payer, I appreciate everything he’s done for the club and I wish him the best of luck in the future, thanks very much,” he said.
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