CRISTIANO RONALDO has called his return to Manchester United a ‘disaster’ – a new book sensationally claims.
The Portuguese star joined United in August 2021 but his time at Old Trafford has been plagued with controversy.
This resulted in boss Erik ten Hag banning him from the squad after he refused to take part in this month’s win over Spurs.
The book – which details the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s glittering career and is published next month – insists he was:
- UNHAPPY under former caretaker boss Ralf Rangnick, confessing to a senior manager at a Fifa event in the UK: ‘It’s a disaster.’
- FRUSTRATED with the lack of investment in facilities at Carrington Training Ground.
- COMMITTED the club had not evolved since leaving Real Madrid in 2009.
- SHOCKED, few players shared the same level of commitment to staying physically fit as he did.
Ronaldo, 37, has scored 27 goals in 51 appearances since returning from Juventus.
But he still wants to leave in January after just two Prem starts under Ten Hag, even though he has now been reinstated in the first team.
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And the book – Messi vs Ronaldo: One Rivalry, Two GOATs, and the Era That Remade the World’s Game – also claims former United team-mate Rio Ferdinand persuaded him not to sign for bitter rivals Manchester City during a phone call at 3 a.m.
United finished sixth last season and endured another trophyless season following Rangnick’s appointment following the dismissal of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Ten Hag fined Ron two weeks’ wages for his Old Trafford strop but recalled him for Thursday’s 3-0 Europa League win over Sheriff.
Ronaldo took to social media to explain his actions against Spurs, insisting: “I have always tried to set an example myself for the youngsters who have grown up in all the teams I have represented.
“Unfortunately that’s not always possible and sometimes the heat of the moment gets the better of us.”