Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘total focus’ on Portugal’s quest for World Cup 2022 glory after Man Utd criticism


The outspoken Cristiano Ronaldo’s complete focus is on the World Cup on the back of his criticism of Manchester United.

Cristiano Ronaldo says his “absolute focus” will be on Portugal at the World Cup amid the furore of his scathing interview on Manchester United.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner criticized United manager Erik ten Hag, Ralf Rangnick and senior figures at Old Trafford in an interview with Piers Morgan for TalkTV, which will be published in full on Wednesday.

Ronaldo said he felt “betrayed” by United and claimed the club had made no progress since the departure of Alex Ferguson in 2013.

United subsequently responded on Monday with a statement acknowledging the interview and promising to respond “when the full facts are established”.

The 37-year-old said on Monday that he is fully focused on playing for Portugal in Qatar ahead of their Group H opener against Ghana on November 24.

“Total and absolute focus on the work of the national team. The United group towards a single goal: to realize the dream of all Portuguese people!” he wrote on Instagram.

His post is a picture of himself in training with his Portuguese team-mates, despite missing United’s last two games due to “illness”.

The Red Devils beat Fulham 2-1 without Ronaldo on Sunday and are fifth in the Premier League, three points behind Tottenham with a game in hand.

Portugal captain Ronaldo will be hoping to help his country to World Cup glory in the Middle East, where Fernando Santos’ side also face Uruguay and South Korea in Group C.

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