Manchester United’s pre-season began on July 4 and Ronaldo did not report to the training ground with the rest of the international players citing family reasons – which he later on revealed as Bella’s illness.
Speaking in an exclusive 90-minute interview with Sky News Australia host Piers Morgan on Piers Morgan Uncensored, Ronaldo claimed he had been “betrayed” by the club’s manager Erik ten Hag and some senior executives.
The 37-year-old said senior Manchester United officials “didn’t believe” him when he told them he could not attend pre-season training because his daughter was sick.
Ronaldo’s daughter Bella contracted bronchitis in July – just three months after her twin brother had died shortly after birth.
He laid bare his heart and said,
Ronaldo was granted additional time to deal with the family issue and missed the Red Devils’ tour.
The five time Ballon D’or winner’s return to Manchester United after 12 years at Real Madrid and Juventus has not been smooth sailing as the club struggled for results, sacked a manager and missed qualification for the UEFA Champions League.