Cristiano Ronaldo fends off questions on his Manchester United exit in press conference
‘That chapter is closed’: Cristiano Ronaldo answers questions about his departure from Manchester United in a press conference that lasts just 132 SECONDS after Portugal’s 3-2 win over Ghana… after becoming the first player to score in five World Cups
- Cristiano Ronaldo has defended himself against questions about his departure from Manchester United
- Ronaldo attended a brief press conference after Portugal’s 3-2 win over Ghana
- There were suggestions that the 37-year-old might not show up for the news conference.
- However, he appeared at the press conference after winning Man of the Match.
- The press conference lasted just over two minutes before Ronaldo left.
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Cristiano Ronaldo made history again on Thursday night, later declaring that he had closed the book on his relationship with Manchester United forever.
The 37-year-old started the week by mutually agreeing to terminate his contract at Old Trafford but ended it by becoming the first man to score in five World Cups, his 65th-minute penalty helping Portugal beat Ghana 3-2 in Stadium 974.
Ronaldo, who already has an offer to move to Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal, was named FIFA Man of the Match, which meant he had to attend the press conference afterwards. He stayed in the room for 132 seconds and answered a question, but for the first time, he publicly addressed his situation.
Cristiano Ronaldo dodged doubts about his departure from Manchester United
“It’s important that we win,” Ronaldo said, shaking his head at the mention of United’s name. ‘It was a week that this chapter ended. It is closed and now I want to start on the right foot. We start here, we win. I want to help my team and the rest of the squad.
He added: ‘This was a beautiful moment – my fifth World Cup. It is very important to win. We know that in these competitions, the first game is crucial. But, in addition, the world record, the only player to have scored in five World Cups, makes me very proud. The team got a good result in a difficult game.’
Ronaldo was voted man of the match after scoring in Portugal’s win over Ghana
Saudi Arabia’s sports minister, Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Faisa, told the BBC he would “love to see” Ronaldo join his country’s national league, but while the riches on offer would be extraordinary, he would they would move away from the European elite level at which he: and others, feel he can operate.
“We are happy to know that we can still count on him,” said Bernardo Silva. Not only the goal, but he worked a lot for the team. What happens next is his decision. That is the decision of whoever offers him a contract.
Ronaldo’s departure from United, after his explosive interview, was confirmed this week
It depends on what he wants. I don’t know what he wants for his life. He has to talk to his family and decide for himself, right? I support his decision in terms of, it’s his decision. He is my teammate in Portugal, if he is happy, we are happy. He has been good with us. He has been great.
Bruno Fernandes feels the criticism Ronaldo has faced following an explosive interview with Piers Morgan and his departure from United was motivating, saying: “I think he likes working under everyone’s criticism, so I ask everyone to keep doing that!