Former Manchester united player, Cristiano Ronaldo, has slammed Manchester United after his current club, Juventus, suffered a 2 – 1 defeat in the hands of the English side in a second leg group encounter of the UEFA champions league last night.
Ronaldo did well to place his team ahead in the 65th minute, but a free-kick from Juan Mata saw United equalize in the 86th minute. A Bonnucci own goal put United in front later in the game.
Worried about the tactics deployed by his former club, Ronaldo said:
“I was happy with the goal but we are disappointed because we should win the game easily, by three or four goals. “Manchester didn’t do much, they created two chances from set pieces. English teams are always looking for set pieces.”
He however shifted his focus to the rest games left in the group as they quest to book a place in yet another final.
“But we will learn from our mistakes and we are still top of the group and we are good. It is too early. We have to take it step by step.
“We are a good team but it is a long way to the final. These people and the club dream of winning the Champions League but we take it step by step.”
That is that… However in another gist, Cristiano Ronaldo revealed why he left Real Madrid for Juventus.
According to the 5 times World Footballer of the Year Award winner, he decided to leave Real Madrid for Juventus after sensing that the Spanish club’s president, Florentino Perez, no longer saw him as being “indispensable”.
“I felt within the club, especially from the president, that I was no longer considered in the same way as I was at the beginning,” Ronaldo said in an interview with France Football magazine.
“For the first four or five years, I felt like Cristiano Ronaldo. Less so after.
“The president looked at me in a way that suggested I was no longer indispensable, if you know what I mean. That is what made me think about leaving,” Ronaldo said.
Ronaldo joined Juventus in a 100 million-euro ($115 million) deal in July, ending a glorious nine-year association with Real.
Ronaldo was an integral part of the Real Madrid team that won the Champions League for three consecutive season under Zinedine Zidane.
But Zinedine Zidane departed as coach in the wake of that game, something which Ronaldo admits confirmed to him that it might be time to move on.
“My decision to leave was not based on him going. That said, it was one of the little details that confirmed to me what I had been thinking about the situation at the club,” He added.
He added that he would “deserve” to win the Ballon d’Or this year, and in doing so would pass Lionel Messi by taking the award for a sixth time.
The winner of the prize, awarded by France Football, will be announced in early December. But while Ronaldo continues to enjoy great success on the field, scoring twice for Juventus at the weekend, he remains embroiled in off-pitch problems after being accused of rape in the United States.
A former American model Kathryn Mayorga, 34, of Las Vegas, accused Ronaldo in a 32-page complaint filed last month with a district court in Nevada, of raping her in June 2009, just before he joined Madrid from Manchester United.
“Of course this matter interferes with my life. I have a partner, four children, an ageing mother, sisters, a brother, a family with whom I am very close,” he told the magazine.
“That is without talking about my reputation, that of an exemplary person.
“Imagine what that is like to have someone say you are a rapist, or that you have this or that.
“I know who I am and what I did. The truth will come out. And the people who criticise me and who expose my life today, who make a song and dance about it, these people will see.”