After snubbing the Ballon d’Or ceremony in Paris on Monday night, Cristiano Ronaldo has reaffirmed that his whole attention remains on Manchester United.
Lionel Messi is poised to be named the finest player in the world by France Football, giving him two more Ballon d’Ors than Cristiano Ronaldo.
It means Ronaldo’s week has only gotten worse after he was benched for United’s match against Chelsea on Sunday, when the Red Devils earned a surprise point.
After referee Anthony Taylor sounded the final whistle at Stamford Bridge, the Portuguese superstar stormed down the tunnel, clearly dissatisfied with the decision.
Ralf Rangnick has been hired as United’s temporary manager until the end of the season on Monday, thus that game might be Michael Carrick’s last as caretaker manager.
Rangnick is still waiting for his work permit to be approved before he can take over at Old Trafford.
One of the issues facing the German will be figuring out how to get the best out of Ronaldo while still allowing United to succeed as a collective.
Rangnick might be in charge of the Premier League match against Arsenal on Thursday if his permission is confirmed in time.
In a statement posted on social media on Monday, Ronaldo stated that he will devote 100% of his attention to the game.
The 36-year-old was retaliating against Pascal Ferre, the editor-in-chief of France Football, who claimed Ronaldo told him his main desire in life was to win more Ballon d’Or medals than Messi.
Despite his surprising drop on Sunday, his declaration was also a message to Rangnick that he doesn’t have to worry about his devotion to United.
“My greatest career objective is to win national and international titles for the clubs I represent as well as for my country’s national team,” Ronaldo wrote on Instagram.
“My greatest objective in life is to provide a positive example for all professional footballers who are or want to be.”
“My greatest aim in life is to have my name etched in gold letters in the annals of world football.”
“I’ll finish by expressing that my concentration is already on Manchester United’s next game and everything that we can still achieve this season together with my teammates and our fans.”
“How about the rest?” “The rest is
Ronaldo also used the chance to retaliate against Ferre, claiming that the Italian had lied about Ronaldo’s objectives as well as the reasons for his decision to skip the 2021 ceremony.
“Pascal Ferré lied; he used my name to promote himself and the journal for which he works,” he went on to say.
“And he lied again today, claiming that a purported quarantine was the cause for my absence from the Gala.
“I always want to congratulate the winners, in the spirit of sportsmanship and fairness that have guided my career from the start, and I do it because I’m never against anyone.”
“I always win for myself and the clubs I represent, and I always win for those who love me.” “I don’t have a chance against anyone.”