Portugal legend Paulo Futre slams Erik ten Hag for his treatment of Cristiano Ronaldo
Speaking in an interview with Eurosport as quoted by Manchester Evening News, Portugal legend Paulo Futre slams Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag for the way he has treated Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo has been the topic of discussion for the past few days ever since an explosive interview that he gave recently where he hit out at manager Erik ten Hag for not respecting him amidst many other topics.
Since then, many former players, pundits and literally anyone associated with football have come out either in support or against Ronaldo and the latest one in the list is Portugal legend Paulo Futre who has backed his countryman.
Ronaldo, as we all know is a legend of the game and his exploits in his career need to be respected. However, there is no hiding from the fact the 37-year-old is just not in form this season and is struggling.
However, Futre thinks that despite his poor displays this season, it is not acceptable for the Dutch manager to treat Ronaldo the way he has and has claimed that the former Real Madrid superstar deserves more respect.
The issue in question is the fact that Ronaldo refused to come on in the dying minutes of the game against Tottenham Hotspur and Futre believes Ten Hag must have never brought him on.
“Cristiano shouldn’t ever be asked to enter two minutes from time because inside the locker room he is a five-time Ballon d’Or man, that is. Whoever does this to a five-time winner does this to humiliate him and a player who has won five Ballon d’Ors cannot be humiliated. From that day onwards there was trouble”
It remains to be seen what decision Man United make with Ronaldo. His talk might not go well with the club hierarchy and this association finds itself in very choppy waters right now. We still don’t know if Ronaldo will play for United again.
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Ronaldo will now be focussing on Portugal and will be looking to lead his country to a World Cup. It is a trophy that has eluded him all these years and this might be his last shot. He will want to give it everything and see how to get the cup for his country.