Cristiano Ronaldo vs Joao Cancelo: Explaining the Quarrel Between Portugal Stars After ‘Fight’ Video

Cristiano Ronaldo vs Joao Cancelo: Explaining the Quarrel Between Portugal Stars After ‘Fight’ Video

Martin Moses
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:17 PM
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  • The Cristiano Ronaldo and Joao Cancelo incident has had a lot of interpretations, with the two appearing to argue during a training session
  • However, another video shows that Cancelo was angry about a separate incident before his encounter with Ronaldo
  • The mood in Portugal's training camp remains unclear following Ronaldo's interview, which hasn't gone down well with many Manchester United fans

The video of Cristiano Ronaldo and an agitated Joao Cancelo at Portugal's training session has generated mixed responses.

It came against the backdrop of Ronaldo conducting an explosive interview with Piers Morgan, that has put him on the warpath with a lot of people.

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Joao Cancelo training with the Portugal team. Photo by Gualter Fatia.
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He seemingly received a cold reaction from his Manchester United teammate Bruno Fernandes when they reported to the Portugal training camp. The incident has since been clarified as a joking moment between the two, as Joao Mario moved to downplay the incident.

The Cancelo incident can be construed as the Manchester City defender not wanting anything to do with Ronaldo after his interview, and one couldn't be judged for deciphering the video like that.

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But there's more. In a full video, Cancelo was in a foul mood before Ronaldo approached him. Cancelo had attempted to take the ball away from Atletico Madrid striker Joao Felix before hitting the ball away.

His captain then walked over to him to see if he was alright, but Cancelo was not in the mood.

So it's safe to assume the incident had nothing to do with Ronaldo's interview, but you can bet that CR7 will keep dominating headlines.

Bruno Fernandes clarifies Ronaldo handshake

Sports Brief has also reported that Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes has laughed off suggestions that he is at loggerheads with Ronaldo.

This came after an interesting video hit the internet on November 15, that strongly suggested all was not well in the Portugal camp. In the video, Ronaldo extended his hand to greet Fernandes, who appeared to ignore the gesture at first before eventually acknowledging him.

This interaction led to fans speculating Fernandes was perhaps unhappy with Ronaldo for the bombshells he dropped about Man United in the interview with Piers Morgan.

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)