Cristiano Ronaldo in ‘spectacular form’ and interview caused ‘no controversy’ in Portugal camp, insists Ruben Neves, as Manchester United striker tipped for ‘phenomenal’ World Cup at Qatar 2022

    Ruben Neves insists the Cristiano Ronaldo interview has not caused any controversy in the Portugal camp ahead of the World Cup.

    Manchester United superstar Ronaldo has dominated headlines in recent days after an astonishing interview with TalkTV presenter Piers Morgan, in which the striker made a series of remarkable claims.

    Ronaldo’s interview has been the talk of the town

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    Ronaldo’s interview has been the talk of the town

    The 37-year-old was deeply critical of the Red Devils, manager Erik ten Hag and the Glazers, who own the club.

    United said they have ‘initiated appropriate steps’ in response to Ronaldo’s comments and talkSPORT understands they are looking to sack the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

    It all comes a week before Portugal begin their World Cup campaign in Qatar, for what could be Ronaldo’s last attempt to claim football’s most coveted prize.

    However, Wolves and Portugal midfielder Neves insists the interview has not been a distraction.

    “There is no controversy inside the changing room,” Neves said.

    “So it is impossible for us to fear any impact around that controversy as there is no controversy inside the changing room. 

    Neves addressed the media on Sunday

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    Neves addressed the media on Sunday

    “This controversy exists in the media, not in the changing room. It has been all said. We are 100% focused on our World Cup campaign.

    “We have a spectacular environment in the national team. That is our focus.”

    And having trained alongside Ronaldo for the past week, Neves expects his captain to have a ‘phenomenal’ tournament.

    Portugal begin their World Cup campaign against Ghana on Thursday – live on talkSPORT.

    Ronaldo leads a star-studded Portugal squad in Qatar

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    Ronaldo leads a star-studded Portugal squad in Qatar

    Neves added: “From what I have been seeing in training, he [Ronaldo] is in spectacular form. Therefore, this is is not an issue that concerns us at all. 

    “We are totally aware that we have to perform as a team in order to get the most of each individual. Cristiano is no different. If we play well, Cristiano will be phenomenal.”

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