Utd didn’t believe my baby daughter was ill in hospital when I missed pre-season training – it really hurt, says Ronaldo
CRISTIANO Ronaldo has accused Man Utd bosses of doubting why he missed pre-season training when his baby daughter was in hospital.
The striker, 37, said it really hurt him and insisted it was not fair to leave his family for football.
He told Piers Morgan in an explosive interview: “I spoke with the directors and president of Manchester United and they kind of didn’t believe that something was going wrong which made me feel bad.
“They believed it but it’s something that really hurt me because they doubted my words.
“We had one week in hospital because Bella had big problems and I didn’t go to the pre-season because of that.
“Because I wasn’t going to leave my family if something happened to do a pre-season because I didn’t think it was fair to leave my family.
“This is why I didn’t go.”
He has also accused former teammate Gary Neville of criticising him to get more fame, declaring that the TV pundit is no friend of his.
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The Portuguese superstar added: “We’re not ever having dinner together.”
He blanked Neville live on TV at the end of last month after the ex-Red Devils skipper accused him of being unable to accept not being the star man.
Ronaldo responded: “To listen as ex-colleagues or team-mates criticise you, when they only see one point of view. It’s easy.
“It’s easy to criticise, I don’t know if you have a job in television that they must criticise to be more famous. I really don’t understand it.
“It’s hard when you see people who was in the dressing room with you criticising that way.”
He also slammed Manchester United’s controversial US owners the Glazer family, saying: “They don’t care about the club.”
He revealed he has never exchanged a single word with any of the family since his return to the club, despite being one of the world’s biggest soccer star.
And he accused them of being more interested in United being a “marketing club” rather than a football club so they can pocket more cash.
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