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Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has slammed the club’s controversial US owners the Glazer family — saying: “They don’t care about the club”.
Ronaldo revealed he has never exchanged a single word with any member of the family since his return to Old Trafford.
The star forward accused the Glazers of being more interested in United being a “marketing club” rather than a football club so they can pocket more cash.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner told SunSport columnist Piers Morgan he believes they “don’t care” about the club and only see it as a cash cow.
Ronaldo said: “The Glazers, they don’t — they don’t care about, about the club. I mean, professional sport.
“As you know this, Manchester is a marketing club. They will get its money from the marketing, the sport, it’s . . . they don’t really care, in my opinion.”
Asked: “Do you ever talk to them, the Glazers?”, Ronaldo replied “Never. No. They give all the power to the president, sport director.”
Ronaldo also accused former United team-mate Gary Neville of criticising him to get more fame — and declared the TV pundit is no friend of his.
Neville recently said after the Tottenham game that saw the Portugal captain refusing to come on as a substitute: “We know him, we love him but he can’t accept not being the star man. He’s going to have to leave, that’s it.”
Ronaldo said: “To listen as ex-colleagues or team-mates criticise you, when they only see one point of view. It’s easy.
“It’s easy to criticise, I don’t know if you have a job in television that they must criticise to be more famous. I really don’t understand it. It’s hard when you see people who was in the dressing room with you criticising that way.”
When asked if Neville had used his name to get attention, Ronaldo replied: “I think they take advantage of that because they are not stupid. I’m the number one followed guy in the world. It’s not by coincidence.”
Meanwhile, Leicester star James Maddison has confirmed his injury sustained at West Ham is just a “small problem” after making England’s World Cup squad.
Maddison gave the nation some good news when he took to Twitter after the game and confirmed that his injury is not “too bad” and is set to jet off for Qatar with the rest of Gareth Southgate’s players.
The midfielder said: “Another win & another goal. Perfect way to finish before the break. Injury isn’t too bad! A small problem that was causing a bit of soreness. Can’t wait to meet up with the lads Monday.”
Finally, Paris Saint-Germain star Lionel Messi could face England in his 1,000th career match at the 2022 World Cup.
Messi will lead Argentina in Qatar and could reach the milestone should his side make it to the quarter-finals.
The Albiceleste will face Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland in their group, which they are favourites to win.
However, if the Three Lions finish second in their group alongside the likes of USA, Iran and Wales, then there could be a potential meeting between the two World Cup favourites.
The Copa America winners would have to win their group and beat the second-placed side from Group D, which will be either Denmark, France, Australia or Tunisia.
While England would have to beat the top-placed side from Group A, which will be one of Netherlands, Senegal, Ecuador and Qatar.