Wed 23 November 2022 | 13:24

Fernandes bemoans Ronaldo’s United departure: “Nothing lasts forever”

After a controversial television interview, Manchester United decided to terminate their Portuguese superstar's contract on Tuesday. Ronaldo’s Portugal and Man United teammate expresses his pride in playing next to the 6-time Ballon d’Or winner.

In a television interview,

Cristiano Ronaldo

made some shocking claims, accusing the senior figures at

Manchester United

of trying to oust him from the club, also saying that he has “no respect” for manager Erik ten Hag.

The Red Devils opted to terminate his contract after his interview. Scoring 118 goals through 292 appearances, the Portuguese counts as a living legend for Man United leading them to three Premier League titles and a Champions League title.

Ahead of Portugal's World Cup opener against Ghana,

Bruno Fernandes

described playing next to Ronaldo at Man United as a dream come true. Asked whether speculations on Ronaldo's future affected him, he told his press conference:

"I don't feel uncomfortable. I don't have to pick a side. It was a privilege, to play at the club with Cristiano was a dream.

"Cristiano has always been an inspiration for me, so it was a dream come true to be able to play with him at the club, but we know that nothing lasts forever.

"It was great for me and good while it lasted. Cristiano took a different decision for his life and his decision has to be respected, regardless of us agreeing or not.

"We are players, but we're also parents, brothers, we know it might be difficult to take these decisions but they have to be for the wellness of ourselves and our families."

On

Ronaldo’s future

, he added:

"Cristiano hasn't discussed with me, it's his decision, a personal decision and it should pertain to him and his family, that's for sure.

"We haven't discussed the topic, we are focused on the national team, the World Cup. You know how important playing for the national team is for Cristiano.

"That's a dream for a player, winning the World Cup, and it's a competition where every player wants to play.

"Our focus is 100 percent on the national team, we are aware of what we have to do. I don't believe that what he's done or decided will have any impact on the national team."

Also on 

Joao Mario's Wednesday explanation

, Fernandes mentioned:

"It was a joke. When you take regular flights – these things happen!

"I wasn't worried about knowing his future at that moment. If it weren't for this news, something else would happen.

"When you have to talk, you talk about those who make the most noise, and Cristiano is the one who makes the most noise in the world of football."

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