Cristiano Ronaldo: Can a star be above a club?

The Portuguese striker was temporarily expelled by Manchester United, wanting to put his own interest before the interest of his club.

By Adrien Mathieu

Cristiano Ronaldo has started just three games in the Premier League this season.
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against’It is a noticeable absence. Saturday, against Chelsea, to shock English Premier League Round 13Cristiano Ronaldo was not included in the Manchester United squad. And we are not only talking about the starting line-up, but also the bench. After Wednesday’s melodrama and his hasty exit from Old Trafford, the Portuguese star has angered his club in an already tense context.

Disappointed with his playing time and performance, the former Real Madrid player refused to play against Tottenham, and left the field before the final whistle.

Now a burden on his team

Unaccustomed to this kind of adventure, the Manconian Club reacted firmly. Cristiano Ronaldo will have to train until further notice with the club’s youth: it is simply unthinkable to win the Ballon d’Or five times. But when you take a closer look at the 37-year-old striker You did nothing to fix this situation Instead, they threw oil on the fire. After this incident, he still posted a message on Instagram to try and explain himself. “I have always tried to set a role model for the young people who have grown up in all the teams I have represented. Unfortunately, this is not always possible and sometimes the heat of the moment prevails.”

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Manchester United coach Eric Ten Hag clarified last Friday about the questionable behavior of his player. “The conversation between me and Cristiano? The message was clear I think. He’s still an important player in the team. I’m the manager, I’m responsible for the culture here and I have to set standards and values, and I have to control them. This is the complete paradox that the former Ajax coach faces: While He gradually corrects a team of United who has been adrift for so longParallel, you must run a colossal freak.

Already this summer Cristiano Ronaldo He was called by his coach to return to the locker room earlier than expected during a friendly match. This week, Ten Hag noted that football is a sport played by eleven people, and that the collective message must be delivered home. This is the second time, there are consequences. It will be away tomorrow. It’s a loss for the team but it’s important for the behavior and mentality of the group, now we have to focus on Chelsea because it’s important […] I said it at the start of the season, there must be consequences when you live together and play together. Football is a team sport and you have to meet certain criteria. »

Departure this winter?

Eager to finish his career in the best possible way and create his own records in particular, Cristiano Ronaldo could not stand his team’s inability to qualify for the Champions League, his favorite rival. With his agent Jorge Mendes, he considered all the base costs to find the scent of European evenings very quickly, even if it meant betraying previous clubs, with rumors sending him to Atletico Madrid. But according to the English press, nothing was done this summer for financial reasons. with His annual salary is 17.4 million eurosIt’s hard to get Cristiano Ronaldo out of northern England… But with this strange situation and especially the reputation of the person involved, everything could accelerate in the next winter transfer window after the World Cup.

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What should we remember next from this affair and this spot that will undoubtedly contaminate the entire CR7 career? Manchester United asserts itself as a strong institution that cannot allow the interests of one player to pass before an entire group; The search for records and individual glory cannot be an end in itself in football. and like Kylian Mbappe at Paris Saint-GermainNot all desires and transgressions can be rewarded, no matter if you are the world champion or one of the all-time top scorers.

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