Cristiano Ronaldo, a striker for Manchester United, has claimed that he does not respect Erik ten Hag as a manager.
Ten Hag took over as manager of Manchester United last summer, replacing interim manager Ralf Rangnick, who is currently in charge of the Australian national team.
Ronaldo, who allegedly requested permission to leave the team over the summer, was denied permission by the organization, and Ten Hag made it clear that the 37-year-old was a part of his season-long strategy.
However, the Portugal international was consistently kept on the bench until a game against Tottenham a few weeks ago, when he disobeyed the coach and dissed his teammates by storming off the bench and leaving the stadium while the game was still in progress.
He was given a one-match suspension as punishment and later called back to the team. Up until United's Carabao Cup match against Aston Villa, the Portuguese had started and finished all four of United's prior games.
Ten Hag had explained that Ronaldo was ill and could not play in the 4-2 win over Aston Villa or the weekend’s 2-1 win over Fulham.
But it seems the Portugal captain may have burned his bridges at Manchester United once and for all.
The former Real Madrid and Juventus superstar gave an explosive interview in which he hit out at the club, claiming he would "never respect" Ten Hag.
Asked about Ten Hag, Ronaldo told Piers Morgan Uncensored on Sunday night: “I don’t have respect for him because he doesn’t show respect for me."
“If you don’t have respect for me, I’m never going to have respect for you.”
Asked if he felt Ten Hag had tried to force him out, he replied: “Yes, not only the coach but another two or three guys that are around the club [at senior executive level]. "I felt betrayed.”
Probed on whether he feels they are actively trying to get rid of him, he continued: “Honestly, I shouldn’t say that; I don’t know, but I don’t care. Always, people should listen to the truth." Yes, I feel betrayed.
“And I felt that some people don’t want me here." "Not only this year but last year too.”
The 37-year-old further explained that his three-month-old daughter was hospitalized in July, which was why he missed Manchester United’s tour of Asia during the pre-season.