Cristiano Ronaldo hits back at claims he said ‘I’m not finished’ to the camera during lap of honour after Manchester United’s win against Brentford… with star man’s Instagram comment sparking yet more speculation about his future at Old Trafford
Cristiano Ronaldo has insisted he did not say ‘I’m not finished’ during his lap of honour after Manchester United’s 3-0 win over Brentford on Monday night – despite appearing to give a defiant message over his future.
The 37-year-old was on target against the Bees, netting from the penalty spot to secure his 24th goal of the campaign since sealing a fairytale return to Old Trafford from Juventus last summer.
The decision to bring Ronaldo back to the club has divided fans and pundits. He has left some infuriated over his temperament and attitude – storming off the pitch after some defeats and recently slapping a mobile phone out of a young fan’s hand.
Cristiano Ronaldo appeared to tell fans he was ‘not finished’ after United’s last home game
But he poured doubt over his future after hitting back at the claims and said ‘I didnt say that’
Ronaldo responded to an Instagram post covering the story of what he reportedly said
But on the pitch his quality has largely done the talking, netting 18 goals in the Premier League despite heading towards his forties. There have been concerns that the Portuguese superstar could leave the club this summer and he appeared to send out a firm signal that his work was not done at United.
At full time against Thomas Frank’s men, Ronaldo joined in with the lap of honour after the final home game of the season and clapped fans as he walked towards the Stretford End, smiling and waving at supporters who had stayed behind.
He then glanced at the camera and yelled out at the crowd – appearing to say ‘I’m not finished’ and then let out a laugh as he continued his lap of honour.
But now the former Real Madrid and Juventus man has claimed: ‘I didn’t say that’, after responding to a version of the story posted on Instagram.
Ronaldo found the back of the net from the penalty spot in their comfortable victory
It was the Portuguese superstar’s 24th strike of a turbulent season back at Old Trafford
With incoming boss Erik ten Hag set to leave Ajax and take up the United job this summer, one of his biggest decisions will be the future of Ronaldo, who may not fit in with his ethos and playing style.
Ten Hag has historically played energetic, passing football with young players, so Ronaldo’s future will have a question mark over it given that he turns 38 next year.
Some pundits have criticised United’s decision to bring back Ronaldo, accusing them of making a romantic gesture to fans and one that would benefit the club commercially rather than a logical choice that would suit the team tactically.
Sky Sports’ Jamie Carragher said the signing made United look like a ‘small club’.
‘My problem has always been with Man United for buying Cristiano Ronaldo,’ he said after their win against Brentford. ‘One of the biggest clubs in the world should not be buying a 37-year-old.
Ronaldo has come under fire from some who have criticised his attitude after a defeat
Jamie Carragher said Manchester United signing Ronaldo made them look a small club
‘I’ve always been of the opinion that they should move him on, but right now, there are so many problems – “I need to get a midfielder, I need to get a centre-back.” We’ve seen this season that when Ronaldo doesn’t play or gets brought off, it’s a massive story.
‘If you bring in strikers, are they to play or back up Ronaldo? If you’re the new manager, you might think you don’t need that on your plate.
‘They’ve got other problems. Would Liverpool bring back Luis Suarez? I don’t think so. United should be getting Erling Haaland. Man City are getting him.
‘It’s like United are a small club. It’s like when Rooney went back to Everton. It was just to lift the fans.’