The Portuguese star praised the figure of Messi as an "incredible" player for whom he has a lot of "respect"
MADRID, 17 Nov. (EUROPA PRESS) -
Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo spoke again on television this Thursday and made clear his more than likely departure from Manchester United once the Qatar 2022 World Cup ends, at the same time that he praised Leo Messi and set a date for his retirement.
"It's probably good for United and for me to have a new challenge. But if I go back, I hope that people let me shine like I've done in other clubs in recent years," he confessed in an interview with TalkTV that the past has already started. Sunday.
In this sense, the Portuguese star made it clear that his goal now goes through the World Cup in Qatar and that he is not thinking of anything else. "It's hard to say right now. My mood is, right now, in the World Cup. It's probably my last World Cup, my fifth World Cup. But I don't know, it's hard to say right now what It will happen later," he added.
The interview that Cristiano Ronaldo gave to Piers Morgan had its second chapter this Thursday. In the first, broadcast last Wednesday, the Portuguese international criticized the current state of Manchester United and was harsh in the face of criticism received by ex-teammates such as Rooney or Neville.
As progress has already been made, the Madeiran man condemned the attitude of his coach, Erik ten Hag, and referred to the match against Tottenham, in which he left the stadium prematurely, to send him a message. "I like honest people who respect my morals. What has happened in the last two months has not been respect, in many ways. I regret leaving against Tottenham before the end," he said.
Far from the controversy with his club, Cristiano referred to Lionel Messi and praised the figure of the Argentine as an "incredible" player who has a lot of "respect." "He's an incredible player. As a person, we shared the stage for 16 years. I'm not his friend, in terms of like a friend who was with you at your house or talking on the phone. No, but he's like a teammate," he said.
"He is a guy that I respect a lot the way he always talks about me. Even his wife or my wife, my girlfriend, they always have respect and they are from Argentina. What am I going to say about Messi? A great guy who does great things for soccer," he added.
Finally, the Portuguese wanted to talk about his retirement and, although the date is clear, he left the possibility up in the air. "I want to play two or three more years, maximum. I want to finish at 40, a good age. I don't know the future. Sometimes you plan something for your life and as I said many times, life is dynamic and you never know what It's going to happen," he concluded.