Cristiano Ronaldo said he will “talk when he wants” and that his argument with Manchester United won’t affect his Portugal team’s performance at the World Cup.
Following Ronaldo’s negative interview with TalkTV, United is looking into its legal options in an effort to terminate Ronaldo’s employment with the team.
The 37-year-old Ronaldo claimed that he felt “betrayed by the club” and that he had “no respect” for Erik ten Hag as manager.
On Monday, Ronaldo said, “In my life, the ideal timing is always my timing.
The Portugal captain unexpectedly showed up at a press conference and declared, “I don’t have to bother about what other people think. Anytime I want, I talk. The players are quite familiar with who I am and have known me for a very long time.
“They’re an eager, motivated group with high aspirations. So I’m confident that the interview won’t disrupt the focus and concentration in the changing room.
Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo will lead Portugal into their opening Group H game against Ghana on Thursday.
He has just over seven months remaining on his £500,000-a-week contract at Old Trafford but United could terminate the forward’s contract, which would leave him free to sign for another club when the transfer window opens in January.
He has not played because of an unspecified illness since he captained United in their 3-1 defeat at Aston Villa on 6 November, but he says he feels in shape for what will be his fifth World Cup.
Ronaldo declared, “I’m in excellent shape, have fully healed, am training well, and am prepared to begin the World Cup in the best manner.
“I think this Portugal team has incredible potential. We need to concentrate on the upcoming game, but I am certain that we can win. So, the goal is to concentrate on Ghana, win, and then move forward.
“The best team will ultimately be determined, but in my opinion, Portugal is the best team competing in this World Cup. However, we must demonstrate it on the field.