- Bruno Fernandes has said that Cristiano Ronaldo thrives on the constant criticism
- He urged the media and pundits to keep on criticising him as he edged close to the end of his career
- Ronaldo was released from Manchester United earlier this week after he made astonishing revelations in an interview with Piers Morgan
Portugal and Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes has explained why his compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo needs to be criticised more by fans and pundits.
Ronaldo has faced plenty of criticism in his long career, but this year, United fans have grown frustrated by the Portuguese star's performances.
The criticism grew when he dropped that big interview with Piers Morgan. United fans were angry with some of his revelations, including saying he does not respect the manager, Erik ten Hag.
Those astonishing revelations forced the club to agree to terminate his contract mutually. Fans called for his sacking, and his release ended a week-long saga by the legendary footballer.
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Fernandes on Ronaldo criticism
Fernandes produced a phenomenal display for Portugal as they beat Ghana 3-1 in their opening 2022 World Cup game.
The United attacker provided two assists while Ronaldo scored a penalty for Portugal.
Fernandes urged critics to keep doing it since the 37-year-old thrives under scrutiny.
"I think he likes to work under that criticism from everyone, so I pray all of you to keep doing that because he gets the best of himself when you guys do that," according to ESPN.
The five-time Ballon d'Or is looking for a new club after his second spell at Old Trafford ended unceremoniously early this week after an ugly fallout with manager Erik ten Hag, according to Sky Sports.
Portugal play Uruguay on Monday in their second match at the tournament, looking to seal a place in the last 16.
Fernandes on Ronaldo's exit
Sports Brief earlier reported on Fernandes reacting to Ronaldo's exit from United after the triumphant return last season.
The Red Devils midfielder described his experience playing with Ronaldo at the club level as 'a dream come true'. However, according to the ex-Sporting star, his pal did not discuss his imminent Old Trafford exit with him.
Fernandes described Ronaldo as a lasting inspiration but admitted nothing lasted forever, and the superstar's stay at Man United was good while it lasted.
Source: Sports Brief News