After the controversial video of the reception in Portugal, Bruno Fernandes spoke about the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United

Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes, leaders of the Portuguese team that will debut on Thursday against Ghana for the World Cup REUTERS/Massimo Pinca
Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes, leaders of the Portuguese team that will debut on Thursday against Ghana for the World Cup REUTERS/Massimo Pinca

Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Manchester United mutual agreement, with immediate effect. The club thanks him for his immense contribution throughout two stages at Old Trafford”, the English club published yesterday afternoon in a story that caused shock in a world attentive to the start of the World Cup in Qatar 2022. A few hours later , it was the Portuguese footballer himself who expressed his regret: “I love Manchester United and I love the fans., that will never change. However, it seems that the time is right to look for a new challenge.”

The last authoritative voice that positioned itself by virtue of the abrupt termination of the contract between the Red Devils and CR7 was Bruno Fernandez, a teammate in the Portuguese team and in the English club. At a press conference, the talented 28-year-old midfielder said: “He did not consult with me. It is your personal decision. It involves him and his family. We haven’t talked about it. What we are concentrating on is the World Cup. You know it, you know how important it is for him and for us to play this competition, it is the dream of every footballer”.

Cristiano and Fernandes shared a year and a half at United, until this Tuesday, November 22, 2002, the Portuguese reached an agreement with the club to end his contract six months before it expired. “I don’t feel uncomfortable, I don’t have to choose a side. It has been a privilege to play with Cristiano in the national team and at the club. It was a dream, Cristiano has always been an inspiration to me. It was a dream come true, but nothing lasts forever, it was nice while it lasted. He has made a different decision for his life, for his career and we have to respect him, whether we agree or not,” he commented.

"It is your personal decision.  It involves him and his family.  We haven't talked about it.  What we are concentrating on is the World Cup"expressed Bruno Fernandes (REUTERS / Suhaib Salem)
“It’s his personal decision. It involves him and his family. We haven’t talked about it. What we are concentrating on is the World Cup,” said Bruno Fernandes (REUTERS/Suhaib Salem)

“This competition is very important for him, he will be focused. I do not think that what he has done or decided has any impact on us, “Fernandes concluded at the press conference prior to the World Cup debut of the team led by Fernando Manuel Costa Santos against Ghana in a match corresponding to Group H at Stadium 974 in the Ras Abu Aboud area, city of Doha, at 1:00 p.m. (Argentine time).

Days before, both players had been the protagonists of a piece of news that suggested an unstable climate in the Portuguese dressing room. The images released by the CNN They showed Fernandes entering the locker room and a friendly greeting from Cristiano, but his compatriot did not respond in the same way and even distinguished himself by saying an alleged reproach. He took his right arm and CR7 didn’t like what he heard. The steering wheel immediately turned and continued on its way before the astonished look of the striker.

The video that revealed the tense relationship between Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes

Fenandes explained that the image between him and Cristiano Ronaldo upon arrival at the concentration was misinterpreted because it was published without sound and that, if they had listened to them, they would understand that it was a joke. “I was watching TV and they were talking about it for 45 minutes. Suddenly, they go to publicity and right there the national team sends the audio. The audio says that he jokes with me. So, the show comes back from commercials and says it’s a joke, and they cut right there. And they explain that if you want to see it again, they just have to turn it back. But if people back down, they will see it as a problem. But if they explain what’s going on in that video, people will understand. But now they don’t know anymore,” he added.

Joao Mario, the Benfica midfielder, witnessed the greeting and added more details about what really happened. “I was happy to be in the locker room at the time and I saw the images. It’s funny, because sometimes it can be subject to interpretation. It was a joke between them because curiously Bruno was one of the last to arrive (on campus) and Cristiano asked him if he had come by boat”.

Cristiano Ronaldo, for his part, is today a player without a team. His future is a mystery, but it already sounds like his next destination could be Real Madrid (although in Spain they deny any possibility), Sporting Lisbon -where he made his professional debut-, Napoli in Italy or Newcastle in England. In the midst of this uncertainty, the striker will play his fifth World Cup, the last of his career.

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