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Cristiano Ronaldo opens up on “difficult” Man Utd departure

Cristiano Ronaldo at Al Nassr
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The Portuguese superstar ended his second spell at the club after struggling for playing time under Erik ten Hag.

Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted he was having a “bad phase” in his career when he left Manchester United.

A sensational move from Juventus saw Ronaldo return to Old Trafford in August 2021. 

CR7 became United’s top-scorer in his first season back at the club, maintaining his brilliant form despite the team’s struggle under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The situation changed, however, upon Erik ten Hag’s arrival last summer. The 38-year-old failed to maintain his spot in Man Utd’s lineup due to his poor form.

An explosive interview before the World Cup ended Ronaldo’s second spell at Old Trafford. The Portugal international slammed the club’s hierarchy and Erik ten Hag for their lack of support. 

CR7 went on to join Al Nassr after his mid-season departure from the Red Devils.

Speaking on Tuesday, the Portuguese superstar said of his Man Utd exit: “When we are at the top of the mountain, we often don’t see what’s below. I went through a bad phase of my career, I have no problems admitting that. But life moves on.

“I understood who are real friends in that difficult moment.”

Ronaldo has joined Portugal for their upcoming Euro 2024 qualifiers against Liechtenstein and Luxembourg.