The five-time Ballon d’Or winner spoke to the press for the primary time since his interview with Piers Morgan went international.
Cristiano Ronaldo has defended his interview with Piers Morgan and rubbished ideas of unrest within the Portugal camp.
Hundreds of thousands of viewers tuned in from world wide final week to look at Ronaldo’s 90-minute interview with Morgan on TalkTV, the place the ahead brazenly criticized Manchester United and supervisor Erik ten Hag.
Nevertheless, whereas Ronaldo’s time at Previous Trafford seems to be at its finish, the Portugal captain’s sole focus is now on the World Cup.
“There are millions of people who like me. That is what motivates me. There is no money to pay for that. The joy of the children,” Ronaldo stated in a press convention at Portugal’s coaching camp.
“Timing is at all times timing. Out of your facet, it’s straightforward to have a look at how we will select timings. Generally you write truths, [and] typically you write lies.
“I don’t have to worry what others think. I talk when I want to. Staff, players, everyone knows me, they know what I think, they’ve known me since I was 11, they won’t be influenced by what [the critics] say.”
The 37-year-old additionally insisted his interview gained’t derail Portugal’s World Cup preparations and slammed the media for asking his teammates about it.
“Please, don’t ask players about me,” Ronaldo stated.
“Ask in regards to the World Cup, I’m bulletproof. I’ve an armored thoughts. I’ve little doubt that this current episode, that interview, and different episodes with different gamers that occur typically, can typically shake the participant however gained’t shake the group.
“Everyone really wants this competition, everyone wants to play, which is something I like to see. The ambition is very high.”
When requested about his alleged frosty exchanges with Bruno Fernandes and Joao Cancelo, Ronaldo replied: “I made a joke with Bruno, with whom I’ve a wonderful relationship.
“His flight was delayed and I asked if he had come by boat. It was a joke, as it was with Joao Cancelo.”