Cristiano Ronaldo Avoided Stepping on Manchester City’s Badge Ahead of the Manchester Derby

Cristiano Ronaldo Avoided Stepping on Manchester City’s Badge Ahead of the Manchester Derby

  • Cristiano Ronaldo showed a mark of respect to Manchester City after he deliberately avoided stepping on the club's crest
  • Ronaldo was part of the Manchester United squad that made the short trip to Etihad for the Manchester derby
  • Avoiding stepping on a club's crest is often seen as a mark of respect and former Real Madrid captain Marcelo is one of the few players synonymous with this act

Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo was filmed avoiding stepping on the Manchester City badge ahead of the Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

A player's effort not to step on a club's badge is often seen as a mark of respect.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United, Manchester City, Manchester derby
Cristiano Ronaldo warms up ahead of Manchester United's clash against Omonia. Photo by Ash Donelon.
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The Manchester City crest is usually at the entrance of the Etihad stadium. As Manchester United players trooped in ahead of the crucial encounter, Ronaldo is seen deliberately moving aside to avoid stepping on the crest.

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The Portuguese international almost signed for City last year before United made a last-ditch effort to resign him.

He went on to watch the entire game from the bench as his side were walloped 6-3 by the defending Premier League champions.

Ronaldo cut a frustrated figure on the bench during the Manchester derby

Sports Brief had earlier reported that Cristiano Ronaldo was visibly upset and distraught at Manchester United’s first-half performance in the derby on Sunday, October 2.

In a fairly one-sided game, Phil Foden and Erling Haaland both bagged hat-tricks as the Premier League champions cruised to a 6-3 victory.

United had such a poor first half on the day that hundreds of fans resorted to leaving the stadium early after their team’s shambolic performance.

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Ten Hag explains why he did not bring on Ronaldo against Manchester City

Erik ten Hag then later opened up on his decision not to sub on Cristiano Ronaldo during the Manchester derby.

Ronaldo, who seems to have lost his place in United's starting XI, was benched during his side's trip to Man City on Sunday, October 2.

Ten Hag instead opted for the trio of Antony, Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford to lead the goal hunt against the reigning English champions.