Read to find out what Manchester United is intending to do with the player following the barrage of accusations.
Cristiano Ronaldo's bombastic interview has been spreading around the world like a wildfire that is seemingly set to spread even further as Manchester United responds to his allegations.
The world-class footballer's statements put the club in a negative light, and there is support and opposition directed toward the player, but an official response and actions have been set in motion by the club.
Contentions by the footballer
Ronaldo's appearance on Piers Morgan's TalkTV show Uncensored was surprising, but what was more surprising are the statements made by the player. He particularly noted how he felt betrayed by the club, particularly noting that there were some individuals in the club that didn't want him there, reports Sky Sports.
He also noted that he doesn't have respect for the manager Erik Ten Hag, because the manger doesn't show respect toward him. His primary contention was that there hasn't been any progress in the club since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, and these allegations come alongside a time period when Manchester United is going through a particularly difficult season.
According to Mirror, the first public instance of the clash began during a match at Old Trafford against Newcastle, where the player was benched 18 minutes before the end of the match and the game ended in a draw, which infuriated Ronaldo.
At the time, Ten Hag responded to the Ronaldo's outburst stating that he had 'no problem' with how the player reacted. He added that he doesn't mind for these public displays to continue.
Ten Hag said:
I think no player is happy when he [is taken] off, and especially not Ronaldo, I understand that. As long as it is [done] in a quite a normal way, [I have] no problem with that.
He is, of course, convinced that he should stay on and he should score a goal. That is why he is that good. I know it [the hat-trick], but, and, of course, when you line up several facts you take count of, but also other facts you take count of.
Manchester United responds
The contents of the interview given by Ronaldo are certainly impactful, as it places a spotlight on the fundamental functioning of the club and the flaws attached to that. According to The Daily Mail, certain motions have been initiated to take away the player's contract which ensures a £500,000-a-week paycheck.
The club issued an official statement:
Manchester United has this morning initiated appropriate steps in response to Cristiano Ronaldo's recent media interview. We will not be making further comment until this process reaches its conclusion.
Additionally, it is reported that the through this interview and the accusations that have been made against the club and Ten Hag, Ronaldo has essentially breached the terms of his contract which gives the club an edge to sack him. Currently, it is unknown what the next step is for the player, and what the club intends to do with the allegations.