I Wouldn’t Take Chewing Gum From Ronaldo, Jokes Portugal’s Ramos

Portugal’s forward #26 Goncalo Ramos smiles during a press conference at the Shahaniya Sports Club of Al Samriya Autograph Collection Hotel in Al Samriya, northwest of Doha on November 26, 2022 during the Qatar 2022 World Cup football tournament. (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP)

 

Portugal players idolise Cristiano Ronaldo, with many saying it is a “dream” to play with him, but young forward Goncalo Ramos joked on Saturday that he wouldn’t accept a piece of chewing gum from his compatriot.

Ronaldo, who scored a penalty in Portugal’s 3-2 win over Ghana, was pictured chewing one he had pulled out of his shorts during the game.

The 37-year-old striker, without a club after an acrimonious split from Manchester United this week, became the first player ever to score at five World Cups.

“Of course not,” laughed Ramos at a press conference, when he was asked if he would take a gum from Ronaldo if offered.

“Not from him or anyone else, only my brother.”

Ramos said that Ronaldo, the top men’s international goalscorer of all time, was someone that other players looked up to in the Portugal dressing room.

“He’s a reference point for everyone,” added Ramos.

“He’s an idol and leads the team but he’s not the only one. We have others like Bruno Fernandes or Pepe, who can also lead and help Cristiano.”

Benfica forward Ramos, 21, appeared as a substitute against Ghana and is looking forward to facing his former team-mate Darwin Nunez when Portugal play Uruguay on Monday.

Nunez moved to Liverpool in the summer for £85 million ($103 million).

“He’s a great player and as well as being my former team-mate, he’s my friend, (but) we’re well prepared to face him,” added Ramos.

Portugal trained on Saturday with 24 of the 26-man squad involved, while Otavio and Nuno Mendes, the latter of whom missed the first game with muscular fatigue, did recovery work in the gym.

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Portugal Edge Ghana As Ronaldo Sets Another Record

Portugal's forward #15 Rafael Leao scores his team's third goal during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group H football match between Portugal and Ghana at Stadium 974 in Doha on November 24, 2022. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / AFP)
Portugal’s forward #15 Rafael Leao scores his team’s third goal during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group H football match between Portugal and Ghana at Stadium 974 in Doha on November 24, 2022. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / AFP)

 

Cristiano Ronaldo became the first man to score at five World Cups on Thursday when he scored the opening goal from the penalty spot in Portugal’s 3-2 win over Ghana.

The 37-year-old set the record when he smashed home his spot-kick in the 65th minute at the 974 Stadium in Doha to send Fernando Santos’ team to a victory which moved them top of Group H, two points ahead of Uruguay and South Korea.

Joao Felix and rising star Rafael Leao made sure of the win after Andre Ayew’s leveller had briefly threatened to ruin Ronaldo’s party.

Osman Bukari netted in the final minute for Ghana but the tournament’s lowest-ranked side couldn’t pull off a shock and sit bottom of the group.

Ronaldo overtakes Pele and Germans Uwe Seeler and Miroslav Klose, who all scored in four World Cups, after being brought down by Mohammed Salisu and taking the penalty himself.

Manchester United announced this week that Ronaldo will leave with immediate effect after he criticised the club and manager Erik ten Hag in a TV interview, but he has showed no signs of strain from the bitter end to his time at Old Trafford.

All the attention pre-match was on Ronaldo and whether he could break the record and he had the perfect chance to do so in the 10th minute.

Mohammed Kudus gave the ball away sloppily in midfield and Otavio slipped Ronaldo through, only for the once clinical finisher to miscontrol the pass and clatter into Ghana goalkeeper Lawrence Ati-Zigi as he tried to poke home.

And shortly afterwards Ronaldo headed Raphael Guerreiro’s deep cross wide from close range, a chance that in his prime he would have been almost guaranteed to score.

He did have the ball in the net just after the half-hour mark when it dropped to him in the area, but he was harshly judged by referee Ismail Elfath to have pushed Alexander Djiku before turning and stroking home a classy finish.

Ronaldo was in fact Portugal’s only real goal threat against what on paper is Group H’s weakest team, who were backed by an enthusiastic set of supporters who put on more of a show in the stands than their workaday players initially did on the pitch.

Ajax midfielder Kudus had the crowd briefly off their feet 10 minutes after the break when he burst forward against an exposed Portugal defence and let off a powerful shot which in the end sailed comfortably wide of Diogo Costa’s left-hand post.

Ronaldo then crashed in his record-breaking penalty but as the chorus of cheers and chants of his name started to die down a previously dull game sparked into life, Ayew stunning the crowd by tapping in Kudus’ pull-back in the 73rd minute.

However Felix and Leao made sure Portugal would take the points with two lovely finishes in as many minutes, both strikes set up by Ronaldo’s former United teammate Bruno Fernandes.

Bukari then imitated Ronaldo with his goal celebration after heading home completely unmarked, but Portugal held out for a big win on a historic day.

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Ronaldo To Leave Man Utd ‘Immediately’ Amid Report Of Glazer Sale

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 28, 2022, Manchester United’s Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo applauds supporters after the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Chelsea in Manchester, England.

 

Cristiano Ronaldo’s controversial second spell at Manchester United is to end with “immediate effect”, the club announced Tuesday before a report emerged that their US-based owners, the Glazer family, could sell the Premier League giants.

Portugal forward Ronaldo set the stage for his Old Trafford exit last week with his outspoken television interview on TalkTV in which he said he felt “betrayed” by the club and had no respect for new manager Erik ten Hag.

“Cristiano Ronaldo is to leave Manchester United by mutual agreement, with immediate effect,” said a United statement.

“The club thanks him for his immense contribution across two spells at Old Trafford, scoring 145 goals in 346 appearances, and wishes him and his family well for the future.

“Everyone at Manchester United remains focused on continuing the team’s progress under Erik ten Hag and working together to deliver success on the pitch.”

‘Love United, love the fans’

Ronaldo issued a statement of his own, saying: “Following conversations with Manchester United we have mutually agreed to end our contract early.

“I love Manchester United and I love the fans, that will never ever change. However, it feels like the right time for me to seek a new challenge.

“I wish the team every success for the remainder of the season and for the future.”

As well as criticising the Old Trafford hierarchy and Ten Hag during his interview the 37-year-old Ronaldo, currently with the Portugal squad at the World Cup in Qatar, was scathing about the club’s US owners.

Ronaldo said the Glazer family cared far more about the money-making potential of United than results on the pitch.

The Glazers have long been unpopular with the United faithful, their 17 year reign marked by declining on-field performance and repeated fan protests

Sky News reported Tuesday the Glazers were preparing to formally announce their intention to examine potential sources of outside investment that could include either an auction of United, with a full or partial sale, or strategic partnership with third parties other possible options.

United have not won the Premier League title since 2013 and have sacked several managers following the retirement of Alex Ferguson.

They have also failed to qualify for this term’s Champions League, a setback which may have encouraged Ronaldo in appearing to push for a move in the pre-season transfer window.

But leading English and European clubs opted against moving for a player who, for all he recently scored the 700th goal of his club career, is not the force he once was yet still commands a reported weekly pay packet at United of around £500,000 ($593,000).

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has, however, reportedly held talks with Bayern Munich and been linked with an emotional return to Sporting Lisbon, where he came through the youth ranks.

‘Both parties happy’

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand said both Ronaldo and the club had got what they wanted.

“Cristiano obviously did that interview with the mindset that he wasn’t happy and wanted to get out of the club,” Ferdinand, who played alongside Ronaldo at Old Trafford, told the BBC. “He made that very clear.

“I think Erik ten Hag got what he wanted in this situation as well. Both parties are happy and we can move on.”

Ronaldo has undoubtedly been angered by his reduced status at United, with the club no longer at the summit of English football.

In 2009 he left a United who were one of the top teams in Europe but the side he rejoined limped to a sixth-place finish in the Premier League despite his 24 goals in all competitions.

Ronaldo made his name in his first spell at Old Trafford, developing from a prodigiously gifted teenager when he arrived in 2003 into one of the best forwards in world football.

He won his first Champions League trophy and first Ballon d’Or during a trophy-laden spell under Ferguson.

He left United after six years for Real Madrid, where he became the club’s greatest goalscorer, winning the Champions League four more times.

Ronaldo spent three years at Juventus from 2018 before a return to Manchester.

But he has been a peripheral figure this season in an improving side under Ten Hag and was recently disciplined for refusing to come on as a substitute.

Ronaldo, who has scored just three goals this season, had returned to the team in recent weeks and even captained the Red Devils in a 3-1 loss at Aston Villa, though he was not in the squad for United’s final match before the World Cup break.

With a world-record 117 international goals he is captaining Portugal at his fifth World Cup.

The Euro 2016 winners open their campaign in Qatar against Ghana on Thursday.

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World Cup: Qatar Bans Beer Sales At Stadiums As Ronaldo Jets In

A general view of the Doha Torch (L) and the Khalifa International Stadium is pictured in Doha on November 18, 2022, ahead of the Qatar 2022 World Cup football tournament. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA / AFP)

 

World Cup chiefs on Friday banned beer sales around stadiums in a stunning U-turn just two days before kickoff as Cristiano Ronaldo prepared to jet in to Qatar.

Alcohol is largely prohibited in the Islamic nation but the organisers sparked anger from fans with their dramatic decision.

Football’s world governing body FIFA said beer would not be sold to fans around any of the eight World Cup stadiums following discussions with the hosts.

“A decision has been made to focus the sale of alcoholic beverages on the FIFA Fan Festival, other fan destinations and licensed venues, removing sales points of beer from Qatar’s FIFA World Cup 2022 stadium perimeters,” FIFA said in a statement.

Dozens of Budweiser beer tents had already been set up at grounds ahead of the first game on Sunday between Qatar and Ecuador.

The host nation has predicted that more than one million fans will visit the country for the 29-day tournament and FIFA has had a longstanding sponsorship deal with Budweiser, which is owned by drinks giant AB InBev.

Beer will remain available in VIP suites in stadiums, in some fan zones and in some hotel and restaurant bars.

READ ALSO: Ronaldo Felt ‘Provoked’ By Ten Hag In Substitution Row

The Football Supporters’ Association, which represents fans from England and Wales, criticised the move, saying it was symptomatic of a “total lack of communication” with supporters from the organisers.

“If they can change their minds on this at a moment’s notice, with no explanation, supporters will have understandable concerns about whether they will fulfil other promises relating to accommodation, transport or cultural issues,” it said in a statement.

– Ronaldo arrives –

In this file photo, Portugal’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualification group A football match between Portugal and Serbia, at the Luz stadium in Lisbon, on November 14, 2021. PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP

 

Ronaldo is set to become the latest global superstar to land in Qatar after his explosive tirade against his club Manchester United.

The Portugal forward, who has dominated global football for the past 15 years alongside Argentina’s Lionel Messi, will be playing in his fifth and likely final World Cup.

The 37-year-old, who has a world-record 117 international goals, is aiming to become the first man to score in five World Cups.

But his arrival in Doha will be overshadowed by an astonishing outburst against United, in which he said he felt “betrayed” by the club and had no respect for manager Erik ten Hag.

The forward, who has more than 800 goals for club and country, appears headed for the Old Trafford exit door but will be desperate to show potential suitors he can still deliver on the biggest stage.

Earlier this week he pledged “total and absolute focus on the work of the national team” along with a photo of himself and some of his international team-mates on social media.

Manchester United issued a fresh statement on Friday, saying the club had “initiated appropriate steps in response to Cristiano Ronaldo’s recent media interview”.

“We will not be making further comment until this process reaches its conclusion,” the club added.

The Super Eagles lost to Portugal in Lisbon on November 17, 2022.
The Super Eagles lost to Portugal in Lisbon on November 17, 2022.

 

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner missed Portugal’s 4-0 demolition of Nigeria in a friendly on Thursday with illness but will hope to be fit for their opening match against Ghana in Qatar on November 24.

The Euro 2016 champions will also face Uruguay and South Korea in Qatar.

Messi, 35, is also likely featuring at his final World Cup, as the curtain starts to come down on an era of astonishing dominance from the two players.

Belgium, second in the world rankings, are also due to arrive in Doha late on Friday, with five-time champions Brazil expected on Saturday.

Defending champions France are sweating on the fitness of forward Karim Benzema and defender Raphael Varane ahead of their opening game on Tuesday.

Real Madrid’s Benzema has been struggling with a thigh problem while Manchester United defender Varane is recovering from a leg injury.

“Karim and Raphael are doing really well,” teammate Adrien Rabiot said on Friday. “They trained apart because that was the protocol that was in place for them.

“They are good and are really keen to play, but I don’t know if they will be involved in the first match.”

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‘I Feel Betrayed’: Ronaldo Slams Manchester United, Ten Hag

File: Manchester United’s Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo warms up ahead of the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in London on November 28, 2021. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)

 

Cristiano Ronaldo said he felt “betrayed” by Manchester United as he claimed manager Erik ten Hag and other senior executives are trying to force him out of the club in an explosive interview on Sunday.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has been a peripheral figure on the field for United since Ten Hag took charge in May.

Ronaldo was disciplined after refusing to come on as a substitute in a 2-0 win over Tottenham last month, but had returned to the side in recent weeks and even captained the Red Devils in a 3-1 loss at Aston Villa last weekend.

However, the 37-year-old was absent from the squad in Sunday’s 2-1 victory over Fulham in United’s last match before a six-week break for the World Cup.

“I don’t have respect for him because he doesn’t show respect for me,” Ronaldo said of Ten Hag in an interview with the Piers Morgan Uncensored TV show.

“Not only the coach, but another two or three guys around the club. I felt betrayed.”

When quizzed again if senior club executives were trying to oust him, Ronaldo replied: “Yes, I felt betrayed and I felt like some people don’t want me here, not only this year but last year too.”

Ronaldo returned to Old Trafford in August 2021 from Juventus.

His first spell at United had been a glorious one under the tutelage of Alex Ferguson, winning three Premier League titles, the Champions League and the first of his Ballon d’Or crowns as the best player in the world.

Despite his 24 goals in all competitions last season, United endured a terrible campaign as they finished sixth in the Premier League and failed to qualify for the Champions League.

Ronaldo then reportedly tried to engineer an exit before the start of this season, but no agreement could be found with another club.

“Since Sir Alex left, I saw no evolution in the club. Nothing had changed,” said Ronaldo on what he found on his return to United.

“I want the best for the club. This is why I come to Manchester United.

“But you have some things inside that don’t help (us) reach the top level as (Manchester) City, Liverpool and even now Arsenal…a club with this dimension should be top of the tree in my opinion and they are not unfortunately.”

United are fifth in the Premier League, 11 points behind leaders Arsenal.

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Ronaldo Scores On United Return In Sheriff Stroll

Manchester United's Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring the team's third goal during the UEFA Europa League Group E football match between Manchester United and Sheriff Tiraspol, at Old Trafford stadium, in Manchester, north-west England, on October 27, 2022. (Photo by Lindsey Parnaby / AFP)
Manchester United’s Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring the team’s third goal during the UEFA Europa League Group E football match between Manchester United and Sheriff Tiraspol, at Old Trafford stadium, in Manchester, north-west England, on October 27, 2022. (Photo by Lindsey Parnaby / AFP)

 

Cristiano Ronaldo scored on his first Manchester United appearance since his refusal to come on as a substitute last week in a 3-0 win over Sheriff Tiraspol in the Europa League on Thursday.

The victory, with goals from Diogo Dalot and Marcus Rashford adding to Ronaldo’s strike, guaranteed the Red Devils a place in the next round, where they will join Barcelona who were knocked out of the Champions League at the group stage 24 hours earlier.

United manager Erik ten Hag left the Portugal forward out of the United squad for Saturday’s draw at Chelsea and he was only allowed to return to first team training this week.

Ronaldo started up front with 18-year-old Argentinian winger Alejandro Garnacho, who was making his maiden senior start.

Right-back Dalot opened the scoring just before the break before Rashford doubled the lead with 25 minutes to play.

Ronaldo claimed his 701st club career goal and made sure of the three points with nine minutes left.

Earlier, Arsenal, who are have already reached the last 16, lost for the first time in the group stage as they went down to a 2-0 defeat at PSV Eindhoven.

After the fixture, Gunners coach Mikel Arteta said defender Pablo Mari, on loan at Italian club Monza, was having medical treatment after being stabbed in a Milan shopping centre in an attack which killed one person and injured three others.

“I just found out,” Arteta told reporters.

“He is in hospital. He seems to be OK. I will get a briefing now about what happened.”

Ronaldo Axed From Man Utd Squad To Face Chelsea After Spurs Tantrum

Manchester United's Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the warm up prior to the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on October 19, 2022. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP)
Manchester United’s Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the warm up prior to the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on October 19, 2022. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP)

 

Cristiano Ronaldo has been dropped from Manchester United’s squad for Saturday’s clash with Chelsea after his tantrum against Tottenham.

Ronaldo stormed down the Old Trafford tunnel with several minutes remaining in United’s 2-0 win over Tottenham on Wednesday.

The 37-year-old star reportedly told United manager Erik ten Hag that he did not want to come on as a late substitute.

Ten Hag said after the Tottenham match that he would “deal with” the issue on Thursday.

It was not the first time Ronaldo had shown public dissent at his role in Ten Hag’s team’s and the United manager has finally responded by wielding the axe.

“Cristiano Ronaldo will not be part of the Manchester United squad for this Saturday’s Premier League game against Chelsea. The rest of the squad is fully focused on preparing for that fixture,” a United statement said on Thursday.

It is believed Ten Hag’s decision to remove Ronaldo from the squad has the full backing of the United hierarchy.

United chiefs are said to be weighing up a decision on Ronaldo’s long-term future after the disciplinary issue. But whether there can be a way back for the unhappy Portugal striker remains to be seen.

United would have to wait until the transfer window reopens on January 1 before they could sell Ronaldo.

Disappointed by United’s failure to qualify for the Champions League, Ronaldo has been trying to engineer a move away from Old Trafford since the end of last season.

The former Real Madrid and Juventus star had hoped to join a club in the Champions League, but he found offers from Europe’s elite hard to come by.

Ronaldo missed United’s pre-season tour to Australia and Asia for “family reasons” before making another show of frustration in a friendly against Rayo Vallecano.

Playing under Ten Hag for the first time, Ronaldo was substituted at half-time and responded by leaving Old Trafford before the match had finished.

Man Utd’s Masterclass Condemn Tottenham To Defeat 

Manchester United’s Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes (C) celebrates after scoring his team second goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on October 19, 2022. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP)

 

Manchester United produced arguably the best performance of Erik ten Hag’s short reign to overwhelm Tottenham in a 2-0 win at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Fred and Bruno Fernandes got the goals in the second half in a thoroughly deserved win that puts the Red Devils within one point of the top four.

Only the heroics of Hugo Lloris in the Tottenham goal kept the score down on a chastening night for Spurs’ dreams of competing for a first league title since 1961.

Antonio Conte’s men had got off to Tottenham’s best ever start to a Premier League season with just one defeat in 10 games.

However, the Italian’s conservative tactics have raised concerns despite the positive results and Conte was finally made to pay on a night when United clicked.

Ten Hag had bemoaned his side’s lack of killer instinct in scoring only once in home games against Omonia Nicosia and Newcastle over the past week.

With Cristiano Ronaldo again left on the bench, it looked like United may again fail to turn their fine approach play into goals as they had 19 shots on goal in the first 45 minutes without reward.

Antony was inches away from a fourth goal in five Premier League games as the Brazilian’s strike clipped the outside of the post.

Lloris then produced a hat-trick of brilliant stops in a matter of minutes to keep out Marcus Rashford’s low drive, Fernandes’ free-kick and Luke Shaw’s powerful volley.

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The second period was only two minutes in when Fred’s deflected effort from the edge of the box finally beat the wrong-footed Lloris.

Victory would have taken Spurs to within one point of leaders Arsenal, but even falling behind could not jolt a response out of Conte’s men.

Harry Kane and Son Heung-min were kept in check by United’s impressive centre-back pairing of Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane.

Even for Kane’s best sight of goal, Martinez got enough of a touch to deflect the England captain’s shot behind.

Fernandes had not scored at club level since August, but kept his head with a neat finish into the far corner to seal Tottenham’s fate 21 minutes from time.

The Portuguese produced an even cooler finish by rounding Lloris and rolling into an unguarded net moments later, but the goal was ruled out for offside.

Rashford was also denied the goal his performance deserved by another incredible Lloris save low to his left.

Yet, an evening full of positives for the hosts was marginally overshadowed by the sight of Ronaldo trudging down the tunnel before the match had finished after Ten Hag refused to bring him on as a substitute.

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Ronaldo To Reject Improper Conduct Charge – Ten Hag

Cristiano Ronaldo Centre-Forward of Manchester United and Portugal dejected after losing during the UEFA Europa League group E match between Manchester United and Real Sociedad at Old Trafford on September 8, 2022 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jose Breton/Pics Action/NurPhoto)

 

 

Erik ten Hag said on Wednesday that Cristiano Ronaldo will reject an improper conduct charge from the Football Association after the Manchester United star was involved in an altercation with an Everton fan last season.

Video footage showed Ronaldo appearing to knock a young boy’s mobile phone to the ground after United’s 1-0 defeat at Goodison Park on April 9.

The 37-year-old was cautioned by Merseyside Police and the FA last month charged Ronaldo over the incident.

United manager Ten Hag has spoken to Ronaldo and said the Portugal striker will contest the FA charge.

“We talked about that and he will not accept it,” Ten Hag told reporters.

The incident with the Everton fan occurred when Ronaldo was making his way towards the tunnel and the former Real Madrid and Juventus star later issued an apology for his actions.

“It’s never easy to deal with emotions in difficult moments such as the one we are facing,” Ronaldo said on Instagram.

“Nevertheless, we always have to be respectful, patient and set the example for all the youngsters who love the beautiful game.

“I would like to apologise for my outburst and, if possible, I would like to invite this supporter to watch a game at Old Trafford as a sign of fair-play and sportsmanship.”

Ironically, Ronaldo enjoyed a more positive visit to Everton on Sunday when he scored his 700th career club goal in United’s 2-1 win.

“I want to support him as much as possible,” Ten Hag said.

“We have a certain demand on players, what we expect from them in certain positions on the pitch. But that is as every other player.

“I want to get the best out of him. Obviously he is getting in a better shape now and I am happy with that, so he can contribute more to the squad and I am sure he will do.”

Meanwhile, Ten Hag admits he feels sorry for Anthony Martial after the United forward was sidelined by his third different injury of the season.

Ten Hag’s arrival injected new life into Martial’s spluttering United career, with the France international starting up front in all four matches during the pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia.

However, a hamstring injury in the final friendly ruled Martial out of the start of the season, before he sustained an Achilles issue and was then forced off with a back complaint at Everton.

“He’s not training today. We will see how he develops by Sunday,” Ten Hag said ahead of Thursday’s Europa League match against Omonia Nicosia.

“I’ve had several talks with him about that (run of injuries). I’m really disappointed for him.

“I think from the quality in all the minutes he played he did very well, also Sunday.

“But obviously he fell out and that’s a disappointment for him and for the team as well.”

My Journey Is Not Over Yet, Ronaldo Dismisses Retirement

Manchester United’s Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates at Zimbru stadium in Chisinau on September 15, 2022.  Daniel MIHAILESCU / AFP

 

Cristiano Ronaldo has set his sights on reaching Euro 2024 and Portugal and Manchester United forward says he has no plans to retire any time soon.

“My journey is not over yet, you’re going to have to put up with ‘Cris’ for a while longer,” said Ronaldo on Tuesday, after receiving a trophy at the Portuguese football federation’s (FPF) Quinas de Ouro awards in Lisbon for being the top national team goalscorer of all time.

READ ALSO: Euro 2024: Russia Banned From Qualifying Draw

“I want to be part of the World Cup and the Euros … I feel very motivated. My ambition is great,” the 37-year-old said.

Ronaldo has scored 117 goals in 189 Portugal appearances and is expecting to play in his 10th major international tournament for his country at Qatar 2022.

The forward’s brace against the Republic of Ireland in September 2021 allowed him to overtake Iranian great Ali Daei’s haul of 109 goals as the record international scorer.

Ronaldo eventually stayed at Manchester United this summer despite speculation he would switch clubs, and despite being benched for Premier League matches he scored in the team’s last outing at Moldovan minnows FC Sheriff in the Europa League.

Ronaldo Blasts ‘Lies’ Over Man Utd Future

Manchester United’s Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo (L) reacts after conceding their first goal during the English Premier League football match between Brentford and Manchester United at Brentford Community Stadium in London on August 13, 2022. (Photo by Ian Kington / AFP)

 

 

Cristiano Ronaldo has hit out at the “lies” surrounding reports about his future at Manchester United.

The Portugal forward missed United’s pre-season tour to Thailand and Australia due to personal reasons as speculation swirled over whether he would be leaving Old Trafford.

It has been reported Ronaldo wants to play Champions League football, but United maintains the 37-year-old is not for sale and remains an integral part of the plans of new boss Erik ten Hag.

The former Real Madrid star played the full 90 minutes of United’s 4-0 defeat at Brentford on Saturday, which left them bottom of the Premier League.

In a reply to a fan account on Instagram that referred to a report linking the United frontman to Atletico Madrid, Ronaldo said fans would “know the truth” in a couple of weeks, adding: “The media is telling lies.”

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

Manchester United will seek to kickstart their Premier League campaign when they host fierce rivals, Liverpool, on Monday.

United’s owners, the Glazer family, have come under fire following the team’s terrible start.

Former United defender Gary Neville has warned the club could finish in the bottom half of the Premier League if they do not address their “horror story” recruitment strategy.

Manchester United supporters’ group ‘The 1958’ is planning a protest march outside Old Trafford against the club’s owners ahead of the Liverpool match.

In a statement, the group said the ownership was “systematically starving and killing the greatest football institution in world football, for greed”.

“We appreciate emotions are running high,” it added. “We must keep it legal, we must keep it peaceful…. Bring the heat, bring the noise, bring the passion. Let’s show the Glazer family that this time it will not blow over.”

Billionaire Elon Musk sparked a social media frenzy on Tuesday evening when he raised the prospect of buying United from the Glazer family.

The Tesla CEO made the comment in a tweet, then later clarified his position by saying he had no intention of buying a sports team and that it had been a “long-running joke”.

Ronaldo Arrives At Man Utd Training Ground For Talks On Future

Manchester United’s Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Manchester United at Goodison Park in Liverpool, northwest England on April 9, 2022. Anthony Devlin / AFP

 

Cristiano Ronaldo arrived back at Manchester United’s training ground on Tuesday ahead of talks with new manager Erik ten Hag over his Old Trafford future.

The 37-year-old, who missed the club’s pre-season tour to Thailand and Australia for personal reasons, wants to leave the club he rejoined last year.

He arrived at United’s Carrington training base with his agent Jorge Mendes. Former United manager Alex Ferguson was also seen arriving.

New United manager Ten Hag said earlier this month that Ronaldo was “not for sale”.

“We are planning for Cristiano Ronaldo for the season and that’s it and I’m looking forward to working with him,” he said.

“I have read it, but what I say is Cristiano is not for sale, he is in our plans and we want success together.”

The former Real Madrid and Juventus player finished as United’s top-scorer last season with 24 goals.

But the campaign was a huge disappointment for the club, which finished sixth in the Premier League, missing out on Champions League qualification.

United start their Premier League campaign at home to Brighton on August 7 after final pre-season games this weekend against Atletico Madrid in Norway and Rayo Vallecano at Old Trafford.