Cristiano Ronaldo believes that he has become a better man after his second spell at Man United. The summer acquisition of Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford limited the Portugal veteran’s game time, and as his dissatisfaction rose, so did his frustration, leading to an unplanned and angry television interview with Piers Morgan in which he lambasted the club. As a result, his contract was mutually canceled, and he joined the Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr.
“I have no trouble admitting that I had a bad period in my career, but there is no time for regrets,” Cristiano Ronaldo said after his spell at Man United. “Life goes on, and whether I did well or not, it was all part of my development. We typically can’t see what’s below while we’re at the top of a mountain. Today, I’m better equipped and learning, which was crucial because I’d never been through anything like this before the last few months. I’m a better man now. It’s a new chapter for all of us. The most important thing is that the energies are pleasant and positive. There’s new air in the room now, as well as new ideas and perspectives.”
There had been conjecture that the 38-year-old will retire from international football after the World Cup in Qatar, but the appointment of Roberto Martinez as head coach has given him hope for the future.
“At least one constant remains as Portugal prepares for a new season under new head coach Roberto Martinez: Cristiano Ronaldo. Martinez nominated the 38-year-old to his first team for the Euro 2024 qualifiers, seemingly clearing up any doubts about his international future following the 2022 World Cup,” Dan Sansom said. “Former manager Fernando Santos benched Ronaldo during the knockout round in Qatar, and as the forward left the pitch in tears after Portugal was ousted in the quarter-finals by Morocco, many questioned whether he would ever play for his country again. Nonetheless, Martinez’s appointment appears to be a pleasant boost for Ronaldo, who now has the opportunity to add to his record tally of 118 international goals.”
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