Joao Mario: Ronaldo’s problems with Manchester won’t affect Portugal during the World Cup

BERLIN: Portugal international midfielder Joao Mario has confirmed that criticism leveled by his compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo for managing his Manchester United side will not affect Portugal’s campaign to compete for the World Cup title in Qatar. Ronaldo has claimed he was “betrayed” at Manchester United and was forced out of the club. In excerpts from a 90-minute interview on the program “Piers Morgan Uncensored”, which will go in Airing this week on British channel ‘Talk TV’, Ronaldo said Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag and others want him to leave ‘Old Trafford’. When asked if Manchester United’s management wanted him to leave the club, Ronaldo said: “Yes, not only the coach, but also two or three other people. I felt betrayed ”. When asked whether the top executives of the club were trying to oust him, Ronaldo said: “I don’t care. People should listen to the truth.” He added: “Yes, I felt betrayed and that some people didn’t want me here, not just quest’year, but also last year”. Ronaldo said he does not respect Ten Hag, admitting: “I do not respect him because he did not respect me. If you don’t respect me, I will not respect you.” “I don’t see any problem with the times, so the situation is good for us,” Joao Mario said on Tuesday in Press conference. He added: “It’s not the first time a player has come in national and has a problem with his club. One of the advantages is that we put everything aside when we come here.” He continued: “The headlines always revolve around him, frankly. Every time we come in National team, the first question we get asked is about Ronaldo. The focus is always on him. We’re used to it.” “He’s completely focused on the national team and he’ll be of great help to us in World Cup”, concluded Joao Mario. (dpa-stats executes)