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Ronaldo Not So Bad Afterall?

Back in February, United fans were relieved to hear that Ferguson was coming down hard on players for using their mobiles in training. Our manager appeared to have tone down his ferociousness, so when The Sun reported that Cristiano Ronaldo had been fined £8k for using his mobile in training, it was a clear indication that Fergie wasn’t about to lower his standards for anyone, best player in the World or not.

“The players all respect Sir Alex’s discipline. He is not a man to be messed with,” said a source in the story. “But a few of the players have been sneaking their mobile phones on to the training pitch to send the odd text message between sessions. Fergie and his assistants have been cracking down on it big time recently. They insist that mobiles stay in lockers and should not be used until training is finished.”

Ronaldo is not the most popular man amongst United fans these days, with his unwillingness to commit his future to the club, despite signing a new contract last summer, becoming very frustrating. However, a story has emerged which shows his more likeable side.

The Sun have been forced in to paying damages to the player by the High Court after both player and manager confirmed that the alleged incident never occurred.

Ronaldo’s solicitor said the article implied the player was guilty of “wholly unprofessional and arrogant behaviour”, which Ronaldo refuted earnestly.

“I felt it necessary to bring this action in order to protect my reputation as a professional footballer,” said Ronaldo. “Contrary to the impression the article gave, I take training very seriously and do not want people to think I do not try my best in training.”

Whilst possibly looking for more money in his playing contract, Ronaldo has admirably decided to donate his compensation to a charity in his homeland Madeira.

“I’m glad something good has come out of this and that a charity I care about will receive the damages,” the player confirmed.


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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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13 Comments

  1. UnitedRay says:

    Disloyal ingrate

  2. David Quinn says:

    What’s with all this ronaldo hatred, wait until anything is announced on the united site. At the end of the day it’s been media speculation all the way and that interview with guillem ballague looks so fake. That’s aimed at UnitedRay by the way, nice to see he’s giving his money to charity though!

  3. OP says:

    On the Guillem Ballague quotes, has no one mentioned that he is a massive Liverpool fan and has Rafa loveins all the time. He also said two years ago that Torres would definitely be at United by the end of the summer. He is a fool

  4. johnpanda says:

    ronaldo has shown his disloyalty and lack of gratitude by not killing this speculation – which is something that he always had the power to do. a simple statement or comment to the press saying that he intends to honour his united contract and that he has no interest in leaving would have ended this all weeks ago.

    he has shown a total lack of consideration and respect for all the kids and fans in general who worshiped him (and are paying his £120,000-a-week wages!)

    his selfish behaviour has tarnished what should have been a great summer for all united fans.

    unforgivable.

  5. Steeley says:

    Ronaldo hatred?

    Wasn’t much of that as reds belted out ‘Viva Ronaldo’ match after match. But what has this mannerless young wretch done to pay back that adulation?

    Sod all. He’s bitten the hand that feeds him.

    Teach him some manners or send him packing. He’ll soon regret it.

  6. nikelesh says:

    Dont give a fuck where he plays next season.The club is much bigger than any individual player.He can fuck off to spain if he wants to.

  7. austin reynolds says:

    bye ronaldo. no tears shed im afraid for an big baby who wants a new toy.
    my only regret is that his name was sung so much last season at the expense of others whos workrate made him look like his heart was in madrid?!?!?!?!?
    anyway, who should we buy now the rats goin?
    BEING REALISTIC- berba,schneider,arda!

  8. austin reynolds says:

    UNREALISTIC! -LAHM AND KAKA! ;P

  9. ko says:

    Don’t believe the hype, the reason he does not talk is because the media twist it, he has not said most the things he has been quoted as saying.

    He will sign a new contract anyday now and that wiil be the end of it. don’t let the media fool you.

    HE IS STAYING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HE WAS NEVER GOING!!!!!!!!

  10. Jules says:

    HAHAHA…you are so screwed when he leaves! You give the term one man team a whole new meaning!

  11. denton davey says:

    I heard the Ballague comments on Sky Sports and it sure sounded like this guy had the word from the CR7′s mouth. He also claimed to have the interview on his website but I’m not bothered about that.

    AND, BALAGUE ALSO SAID THAT RONALDO IS CONFIDENT THAT HE CAN GET THINGS HIS OWN WAY. SO THIS SHOULD BE VERY INTERESTING – ESPECIALLY SINCE ONE HAS TO EXPECT THAT MADRID WILL TRY TO LOW-BALL THE GLAZERS WHO HAVE ALREADY FIRED THEIR OWN SALVOS ON THAT ACCOUNT.

    THUS, I WOULD EXPECT THAT UNLESS MADRID COME UP WITH AN ACCEPTABLE PLAYER/MONEY DEAL THEN THERE WILL BE A NEW ROUND OF STORIES ABOUT SPLINTERS IN CRISTIANO’S ARSE.

    OF COURSE, RONALDO ALSO HAS TO CONFRONT FERGY AND I SURE HOPE THAT THAT MEETING IS ON VIDEO !

    NOW, THE ISSUE BECOMES MORE FOCUSSED SINCE RONALDO HAS BASICALLY MADE HIS INTENTIONS BOTH CLEAR AND PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE, RATHER THAN RUMOUR AND INNUENDO OR THE CLAIMS OF “FRIENDS”, “GODFATHERS” AND OTHER ASSORTED HANGERS-ON.

    WHAT CAN UTD EXPECT TO COME OUT OF THIS KERFUFFLE WITH ? TONS OF MONEY AS WELL AS WESLEY SNEIDJER AND IKER CASILLAS WOULD BE MY NON-NEGOTIABLE COUNTER-OFFER. OTHERWISE, LET THE KID SIT IN THE STANDS – AMONG THE CROWD AT OLD TRAFFORD AND ELSEWHERE.

  12. Joe Ekesi From Nigeria says:

    HIS DEFEAT TO GERMANY SHOWED HIM A TASTE OF MORE DEFEATFUL YEARS IF HE GOES TO REAL MADRID. HE IS NOT RONALDO BECAUSE OF HIS PERSON..BIG LIEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!. HE IS RONALDO BECAUSE WE IN UNITED UNDERSTAND HIM AND SUPPLY HIS BALLS ACCORDING TO HIS NEEDS. BUT HIS ARROGANT SKULL WOULDN’T LET HIM THINK OF THIS. YOU ARE USED TO BEING BOOED BUT THAT WOULDNT STOP ME FROM DOING THAT WHEN NEXT I SEE U PLAY. YES!!! I KNOW WE ARE NO DIFFERENT AS INGRATES, BUT ATLEAST U R AN INGRATE TO A MILLION PEOPLE. I AM JUST TO U.

  13. OMelhorDoMundo says:

    Ronaldo is apparently one of the hardest trainers and the last one to leave the training ground so if I were him, I would have done the same thing

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