The ugly episode between English football giants Manchester United and talismanic striker Cristiano Ronaldo is no secret.
After a fiery interview with broadcaster Piers Morgan, Ronaldo and United parted ways with each other on mutual consent.
Cristiano Ronaldo is now playing as a forward in Al-Nassr in the Saudi Pro League and has been a revelation for them.
After a quiet FIFA World Cup 2022 that saw him score only 1 goal, Ronaldo is back to his beast mode. He is scoring goals for fun in Al-Nassr.
Now in a press conference ahead of Portugal’s campaign in the Euro 2024 Qualifiers, the star striker has opened up about his Manchester United stint.
“Sometimes, you have to go through some things to see who is on my side.
I have no problem saying, I had a bad career run, but there’s no time for regrets,” said Cristiano Ronaldo in the press conference.
“When we are at the top of the mountain, we often cannot see what is below.
Now, I’m more prepared and learning that was important, because I had never been through this, like in the last few months. Now I’m a better man,” added the 38-year-old footballer.
Cristiano Ronaldo will be playing his first international game since the FIFA World Cup 2022
Since Portugal exited the FIFA World Cup 2022 following their quarter final loss at the hands of dark horse Morocco, Ronaldo will be playing international football for the first time.
Cristiano Ronaldo had differences with Portugal’s former manager Fernando Santos and was benched for a couple of games.
Portugal now have an interim manager in the form of Roberto Martinez.
Martinez had no second doubts while naming Ronaldo in the squad.
He would be hoping that the leading goal-scorer of Portugal shines in the national team colours too.
In just 8 games in the ongoing Saudi Pro League, Cristiano Ronaldo has netted 9 goals and is in contention for the Golden Boot award.
If he continues in this same glorious form, he could well weave magic at the Saudi Arabian football league.
In 196 international matches, Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 118 goals.
He is the leading goal scorer of Portugal of all time. He is a legend by all means.
Portugal Squad for Euro 2024 Qualifiers
Diogo Costa (Porto), José Sá (Wolverhampton), Rui Patrício (Roma). Diogo Dalot (Manchester United), João Cancelo (Bayern Munich), Danilo Pereira (Paris Saint-Germain), Pepe (Porto), Rúben Dias (Manchester City), António Silva (Benfica), Gonçalo Inácio (Sporting), Diogo Leite (Union Berlin), Nuno Mendes (Paris Saint-Germain), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund).
João Palhinha (Fulham), Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), João Mário (Benfica), Matheus Nunes (Wolverhampton), Otávio Monteiro (Porto), Vitinha (Paris Saint-Germain). Cristiano Ronaldo (Al-Nassr), Gonçalo Ramos (Benfica), João Félix (Chelsea), Rafael Leão (AC Milan), Diogo Jota (Liverpool)
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