about Cristiano Ronaldo to the Manchester United left the world excited. With a decisive start, the Portuguese finally seemed to feel at home after a somewhat frustrating spell at Juventus. However, the landscape has completely changed in recent weeks and what seemed like a second honeymoon could end in divorce.
It all started with Manchester United’s overall poor performance on the pitch. The team collected incredible losses and a modest fifth place in the Premier League with a difference of 22 points over leaders and rivals Manchester City.
The local press has repeatedly reported that Cristiano doesn’t have a good relationship with coach Ralf Rangnick. The situation was even more evident today (11), when the coach gave a press conference ahead of the game against Tottenham tomorrow (12), in the Premier League. Asked about the Portuguese’s situation, he got straight to the point.
“Cristiano trained yesterday and should be available for the next game,” he said. The reporter insisted if there was a problem with the player. ” No. What do you mean by problem ? ” Rangnick replied. The journalist then wondered if Ronaldo was happy at United. “I don’t know. I didn’t ask if Cristiano is happy here. For me it’s important that he’s fit again. If he’s available, we’ll see what formation we use,” he said. he concluded.
The injury in question is just one of the few problems Cristiano Ronaldo has to deal with during his second spell in Manchester. With a virtually injury-free career, the player has missed a few games this season. The last, in the quadriceps, is accompanied by controversy.
The Spanish newspaper “As” published last week that Cristiano had no physical problem and that he had been excluded from the derby against City (4-1 beating) by exclusive decision of the coach. United, then, would have invented the Portuguese’s injury to put on a hot sheet.
Apart from the match, Cristiano Ronaldo traveled to Portugal last Sunday which generated another controversy. As reported by the portal “The Athletic”, the Manchester United team was negatively surprised by the absence of the 7 shirt in the concentration before the local classic.
fasting and sadness
The start of 2022 has not been easy for Cristiano. One of the greatest scorers in the history of the soccer with more than 800 goals scored, he experienced his longest fast since 2018 between January and February. There have been six games without hitting the net. The burden only ended on February 15, when he brought Brighton back in a 2-0 United win.
Until that happened, however, Cristiano was even stopped by Rangnick. A camera in a team game during the fast showed very clearly how the Portuguese handled the situation. Sadness and frustration were two very obvious feelings. Even so, he tried to distract from the situation after scoring again.
“Back on track! No one gives up and there’s only one way to get back on track: hard work, teamwork, serious work. Everything else is only noise”, wrote CR7 on Twitter.
Weather and speculation
The fact is that the current scenario allows the media to speculate a lot about the situation and, of course, the future of Cristiano Ronaldo. So much so that speculation has arisen that he wants to wear the Paris Saint-Germain shirt next season share team leadership with Neymar and Messi. Thus, the trio would form a “dream attack” at the French club. Rumor has it CR7 has made the decision to leave United if the club do not qualify for the Champions League.
”Working hard for a strong recovery. Can’t wait to get back on the pitch and help the team,” said CR7 in a photo where he appears in training. The Portuguese tries to stay focused on the job and oblivious to the rumours. Next Tuesday (15), the team has the match of the year, against Atletico Madrid in the round of 16 second leg of the Champions League.
An elimination in the first playoff game could drop like a bombshell in Manchester. The teams drew 1-1 in the first match, in Spain, where Cristiano went goalless and had a lackluster performance.