Fans of the sport of football find it incomprehensible that Cristiano Ronaldo is competing in the World Cup as a free agent.
On Tuesday, the striker and Manchester United came to an agreement that would result in the termination of the striker’s contract.
Ronaldo criticized several aspects of the club, including the Glazer family, who decided this week to put Manchester United up for sale.
Ronaldo is currently seeking a new club and has been linked with moves to Newcastle and Al-Nassr of Saudi Arabia.
However, his single status has raised a few eyebrows, as many fans never anticipated the superstar to be in this position.
As Canadian fans, we are accustomed to seeing “unattached” instead of a club next to a player’s name on the team sheet. Never imagined Ronaldo to be one.
Someone else added, “This is insane. A whole Ronaldo. Unattached.”
And a third said, “Superhuman, and now he’s a free agent without a team? Maddening.”
Ronaldo scored a penalty kick in Portugal’s World Cup opener against Ghana, a 3-2 victory.
And if he keeps performing well in Qatar, he might end up with a lot of admirers there.
Ronaldo disclosed in an interview with SunSport columnist Piers Morgan that he turned down a £3m-per-week offer to play in Saudi Arabia during the summer.
Sporting Lisbon and David Beckham’s MLS club Inter Miami are also interested in signing the 37-year-old forward.
Some viewed Ronaldo’s comments as a sign of sensitivity, but Maguire and Fernandes have previously stated that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner is at his finest when responding to criticism.
United captain Maguire has received more than his fair share of scrutiny since joining the Red Devils three and a half years ago, but he insisted that if a figure like Cristiano Ronaldo is a target for backlash, no one is safe.
“As a footballer, nobody enjoys criticism,” the captain of United explained. “I’ve played with Cristiano Ronaldo for the past few years, and he’s one of the greatest footballers of all time, in my opinion.
“He’s always criticized, so if it’s going to happen to him, and given my position at Manchester United, it’s just part and parcel of the game.
“He is, in my opinion, the best player to ever kick a ball, and he is constantly criticized, therefore it will happen to all of us. You must simply work hard and engage in training. This is something I usually tell myself. That is your only option.”
Fernandes made this revelation in Qatar, during Portugal’s opening World Cup match against Ghana, when he was asked if he agrees with his national team captain, who had just opened the scoring with an impressive penalty. Fernandes admitted that he does.
As he led Portugal to a decisive victory at the World Cup, Ronaldo was unfazed by the turmoil surrounding his future with his club, which some feared would hinder his play.
Fernandes told reporters of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, “I believe he enjoys working under criticism from everyone, therefore I implore you all to continue doing that because he performs at his best when you do that.”
“I continue to share space with him on the national team, and the most important thing for me is that Portugal performs as well as possible in the tournament. If we do, Cristiano will be pleased, I will be pleased, and everyone in Portugal will be pleased for us,” he said. “If we do, Portugal will perform as well as possible in the tournament.”