Cristiano Ronaldo Left Man United Teammates Frustrated With His High Demands

Cristiano Ronaldo Left Man United Teammates Frustrated With His High Demands

Chukwu Ikechukwu
updated at September 12, 2023 at 12:50 PM
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  • Mike Phelan has opened up on why Cristiano Ronaldo left Manchester United
  • Ronaldo cut a divisive figure during his second spell at Manchester United
  • Ronaldo was brought back to Old Trafford from Juventus in the summer of 2021

Cristiano Ronaldo did not enjoy a fairytale return to Manchester United after terminating his contract with the Premier League club in the second season of his second coming.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s return to Old Trafford in 2021 sparked scenes of joy among many Man United fans, but all that was quickly erased after a fall-out with Erik ten Hag.

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Cristiano Ronaldo lost the Manchester United dressing room owing to his high demands which left many of his teammates frustrated. Photo by MB Media
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According to the Daily Mirror, former Manchester United assistant manager Mike Phelan has now revealed Ronaldo left the Red Devils “frustrated” with his high demands during his explosive second spell at the club.

“He didn't want his standards to drop, he wanted other people's standards to come up. And sometimes, you lose a few people along the way when that happens. I remember certain times when he pushed and pushed hard, and he didn't get much reaction or much response. And there was frustration.”

Since leaving Manchester United for Al-Nassr earlier this summer, Ronaldo has had a good run of luck. He assisted his new team in winning the Arab Club Champions Cup.

Ronaldo knew he would be world's best

Meanwhile, Mike Phelan has also revealed Cristiano Ronaldo’s success did not surprise the Portugal superstar as he always knew he would be the best player in the world, Sky Sports reports.

The 38-year-old forward has won several individual awards, including five Ballon d’Or trophies, since bursting into the football scene in the early 2000s with Sporting Lisbon.

Ronaldo has also enjoyed success with all the teams he has played for in his career, winning multiple trophies with Manchester United, Real Madrid and now with Al Nassr.

Roberto Martinez drops Ronaldo bombshell

Earlier, Sports Brief reported Roberto Martinez has heaped praises on Goncalo Ramos and Diogo Jota following Portugal's remarkable 9-0 victory over Luxembourg, a match in which Cristiano Ronaldo was absent.

Martinez's team delivered a sensational performance during their UEFA Euro 2024 Qualifiers clash against Luxembourg at the Estadio Algarve.

Goncalo Inacio started the scoring in the 12th minute, with Ramos extending their lead five minutes later. Ramos completed his brace in the 33rd minute, and Inacio added another goal for the hosts in first-half stoppage time, making it 4-0.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..