Cristiano Ronaldo is aiming to retire from football at around 40, claims Piers Morgan after the forward’s shock interview criticising Man United… with the wantaway star also accusing boss Erik ten Hag of ‘scoring points’ in bitter row
Piers Morgan has revealed Cristiano Ronaldo is aiming to retire from football at around the age of 40 – shortly after conducting an explosive interview which saw the Manchester United star blast his own club.
The 37-year-old forward accused the club of ‘betraying’ him and admitted he does not ‘respect’ Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag in a conversation with TV host Morgan on Sunday night – prompting chaos at Old Trafford.
And Morgan told TalkSPORT on Monday that Ronaldo believes he has about two-and-a-half years left, and is happy to play somewhere he feels happy and respected – which is apparently not the case at United.
Piers Morgan (right) has revealed Cristiano Ronaldo is planning to retire from football at 40
Manchester United forward Ronaldo accused his club of ‘betraying’ him and admitted he does not ‘respect’ manager Erik ten Hag in a bombshell interview with Morgan on Sunday evening
Morgan said: ‘He said he wants to retire around 40 to me. So he’s got two-and-a-half years to finish but most of all, he wants to be respected and valued and he doesn’t feel that under Ten Hag. That’s why he’s said what he’s said and he feels this manager doesn’t respect him.
‘He (Ronaldo) said from the very start that he (Ten Hag) has tried to go out his way to score points with Ronaldo and he thinks it’s very easy for managers to do that because he’s the biggest name and biggest star and he can often get the headlines to distract from real problems at the club.’
TV host Morgan, a close friend of Ronaldo, admitted the interview – set to be aired in full across two episodes on Wednesday and Thursday – was done recently, but refused to reveal exactly when it happened.
The wantaway star also claimed boss Ten Hag (above) is trying to ‘score points’ against him
He added: ‘Cristiano asked me to do it, simple as that, he asked me. Recently, he’s been thinking about it for a while, it’s no secret he’s felt a deep built-up frustration about what’s been happening at Manchester United.
‘I’m not going to say [when it took place]. [We’d] done it recently but that’s between me and Cristiano. He’s been thinking about this for a while then I got a call “I want to do it now” and I think part of the timing was the World Cup is about to start.’
The veteran is set to travel with and captain Portugal at the upcoming Qatar World Cup which starts later this month – and has previously said he hopes to play at Euro 2024.