Cristiano Ronaldo was definitely one of the protagonists of the friendly match between Manchester United and Rayo Vallecano last Sunday at Old Trafford. Not because of a great goal or a great assist, but because he left the stadium before the end of the match. Such an action has been highly criticized by the fans of the Premier League club and also by the coach Erik ten Hag, who has not hesitated to question the attitude of the former Real Madrid and Juventus striker.
A 'blow' for the Portuguese in the midst of rumors of his departure in the current transfer market. The former Ajax coach has criticized Cristiano Ronaldo and other players for leaving Old Trafford before the final whistle. Ten Hag did not accept the attitude of his players and stressed that they should behave as a team.
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"More players did that. I don't accept that. Absolutely not. That is unacceptable. I tell them this, that that is unacceptable. We are a team, we are a squad. You have to stay until the end," said the coach in an interview with Viaplay Sport Nederland.
As recalled, Cristiano Ronaldo played only the first 45 minutes against Rayo Vallecano, being replaced by Amad Diallo. The media were anxiously waiting for him after the match to know his opinion about his current situation in United.
However, it soon became known that Cristiano had left the stadium before the end of the match in order to avoid questions from the press about his intention to leave Manchester United with a year left on his contract.
Tough times for Ronaldo
It has not been easy for Cristiano Ronaldo, at 37 years of age and with a salary of around 30 million euros, to find a new team despite the fact that he is willing to cut his salary by 30 percent. At the club, meanwhile, they insist day by day that they are counting on him for the 2022-23 season.