Tue. Nov 29th, 2022

Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo at a press conference on 21 November 2022. REUTERS/Pedro Nunes

AL-SHEHANIYA, Qatar —Cristiano Ronaldo believes that a TV interview in which the Manchester United striker said he was betrayed by the club and forcibly dismissed did not distract him in the Portuguese dressing room at the World Cup.

The Portuguese captain added that he is not worried about how his actions will affect the squad and feels great about their chances of winning the World Cup.

“The best timing in my life is always my timing,” Ronaldo said at a press conference on Monday.

“I don’t have to think about what other people think. I can talk whenever I want. The players have known me well over the years and know what kind of person I am.

“A hungry and focused ambitious group. So I’m sure it won’t shake his concentration and focus in the (interview) locker room.”

“Anything about him will always lead to criticism and controversy,” said Ronaldo, referring to himself in the third person.

Ronaldo, 37, has confirmed that the awkward handshake between himself and midfielder Bruno Fernandes, which was caught on camera and went viral, was caused by a joke between his Portugal and United teammates.

Ronaldo said, “My relationship with him (Fernandes) is excellent. “I was joking with him. His plane arrived late and I asked him if he had come by boat. This much.

“The setting in the locker room is excellent. It’s okay. The group is protected. And I take this opportunity to say: stop asking questions about me.

Ronaldo, who missed Thursday’s friendly match against Nigeria in Lisbon due to stomach problems, has been training with his teammates as usual since arriving in Qatar on Friday and said he feels fit.

“I’m feeling great, I’m recovering and I’m training well and I’m ready to start the World Cup in the best way possible,” said Ronaldo.

“I feel like this Portuguese team has incredible potential. I definitely think we can win but we need to focus on the next game. So, it’s focusing on Ghana, get a win and go from there.

We will finally see who is the best team, but I believe Portugal is the best team in this World Cup. But we have to show it on the field.”

Portugal competes against Ghana, Uruguay and South Korea in Group H of the World Cup.

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