Cristiano Ronaldo's explosive interview has infuriated Manchester United, who are looking at ways to sack the 37-year-old, and one flashpoint saw a frosty reception from Bruno Fernandes
Cristiano Ronaldo has looked to clear up an awkward encounter with Bruno Fernandes after the two reunited in the Portugal dressing room ahead of the World Cup.
Cameras picked up what appeared to be a frosty reaction from the playmaker to his Manchester United team-mate, who had just delivered an explosive interview to Piers Morgan. Among the topics included shots at Erik ten Hag, the Glazers and even Gary Neville.
Reports had emerged that the United squad were left shocked by Ronaldo's interview and many picked up on what seemed like a spiky meeting between him and Fernandes prior to the World Cup. However, the 37-year-old has insisted there was nothing in it before demanding that no player be asked about him.
"We were playing around last week," Ronaldo said. "His plane was late and I asked him did you come by boat. Please, don't ask players about me, ask about the World Cup."
United are furious with Ronaldo and there have been reports that they are trying to scrap his contract ahead of the January transfer window. The interview came just days before the World Cup got underway - straight after Ten Hag had dropped the five-time Ballon d'Or winner from the squad entirely.
"Timing is always timing," Ronaldo said at the Al Shahaniya Sports Club. "From your side it is easy to look at how we can choose timings.
"Sometimes you write truths, sometimes you write lies. I don't have to worry what others think. I talk when I want to. Everybody knows who I am, what I believe in."
Portugal are among the favourites to win the World Cup this year and have avoided big injuries unlike other nations such as France, England and Germany. However, there were fears over Ronaldo after missing a warm-up game against Nigeria.
"I feel good," he said. "I had a small problem, but I'm already recovered. We've been doing good training and I feel prepared to start the World Cup in the best way. I'm fine.
"I believe we have enormous potential. I believe [we can win] and I have that feeling, but we have to start well with Ghana, which is the hardest."