Cristiano Ronaldo made a surprise appearance at a Portugal press conference on Monday morning where he addressed his Piers Morgan interview for the first time.
Ronaldo hit the headlines across the globe for his interview with the TalkTV host.
In it he hit out at Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag, the club’s hierarchy and owners the Glazers.
It is expected that this will be the end of his time at Old Trafford, with the club exploring ways to rip up his contract.
For now, the 37-year-old is at the Qatar World Cup with Portugal and had not spoken publicly since the interview aired last week.
But Ronaldo appeared unscheduled t a press conference on Monday and was asked about the timing of the interview.
He said: “Timing is always timing. From your side it is easy to look at how we can chose timings.
“Sometimes you write truths, sometimes you write lies.
“I don’t have to think about what other people think. I speak when I want.
“The players know me really well for many years and know the type of person I am. It’s an ambitious group that is hungry and focused. So I’m sure (the interview) won’t shake the changing room’s concentration and focus.”
He added: “I don’t have to worry what others think. I talk when I want to.”
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The five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s interaction with Man United teammate Bruno Fernandes also went viral last week.
The midfielder seemingly blanked Ronaldo, but all was not as it seemed.
He said: “We were playing around last week. His plane was late – I asked him did you come by boat.
“Please, don’t ask players about me – ask about the World Cup.”
Ronaldo now insists his full focus is on leading Portugal to glory in what will be his fifth – and most likely last – World Cup.
“I’m feeling great, I’m recovered and I’m training well and ready to start the World Cup in the best way possible,” Ronaldo said.
“I feel that this Portugal squad has amazing potential. I think we can win for sure, but we need to focus on the next game. So, it’s focusing in Ghana, get a win and go from there.
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