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Ronaldo ‘betrayed’ says he is being forced to leave Manchester United

Cristiano Ronaldo has said he felt “betrayed” by Manchester United, claiming manager Erik Ten Hag and other senior executives are trying to remove him from the club.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner, who returned to Old Trafford at the start of last season, has been a peripheral figure on the pitch since Ten Hag took over this year.

Last month, Ten Hag said Ronaldo refused to come on as a substitute against Tottenham Hotspur and then walked through the tunnel with a few minutes left in the game.

He was not part of the squad that faced Chelsea the following Saturday.

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While he has returned to the squad in recent weeks, and even captained the Red Devils in a 3-1 loss to Aston Villa last weekend, the 37-year-old was absent from the squad in Sunday’s win. 2-1 over Fulham in the United match. last game before a six-week break for the World Cup.

“I don’t respect him because he doesn’t show respect for me,” Ronaldo said of Ten Hag in an interview on Sunday. “Not just the coach but two or three other guys around the club. I felt betrayed.”

Asked again if senior club executives were trying to oust him, Ronaldo replied: “Yes, I felt betrayed and felt that some people don’t want me here, not only this year but last year as well.”

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Ronaldo said Manchester United did not support him when his daughter was taken to hospital in July. He said the club doubted him and showed a lack of empathy when he didn’t show up for pre-season training on time.

Ronaldo’s first spell at United had been a glorious one under Alex Ferguson, winning three Premier League titles, the Champions League and the first of his Ballon d’Or crowns.

Despite his 24 goals in all competitions last season, United had a terrible campaign finishing sixth in the Premier League and failing to qualify for the Champions League.

He criticized the club’s decision to replace manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, a former team-mate of his, with Ralf Rangnick last season.

Rangnick had left his post as head of sport and development at Russian team Lokomotiv Moscow to take charge of Old Trafford.

“After the club fired Ole, they brought in the sporting director Rangnick, which is something nobody understands,” Ronaldo said. “This guy, he’s not even a coach. A great club like Manchester United brings a sporting director who not only surprised me but the whole world”.

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Rangnick, left, and Ronaldo’s relationship was fraught with tension (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) /

Ronaldo reportedly attempted to engineer a departure before the start of this season but was unable to reach an agreement with another club.

“Since Sir Alex left, I haven’t seen any progress at the club. Nothing had changed,” Ronaldo said of what he found on his return to United. “I want the best for the club. That’s why I come to Manchester United.

“But you’ve got some things inside that don’t help [us] to get to the top level like (Manchester) City, Liverpool and even now Arsenal… a club with this dimension should be at the top of the tree in my opinion and unfortunately they are not.

United are currently fifth in the league, 11 points behind leaders Arsenal, as club football takes a break for the World Cup.

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