Mario: Ronaldo rift won’t affect national team

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Portugal not worried following the recent Cristiano Ronaldo interview with Piers Morgan as the Portuguese side prepare for World Cup.

Portugal midfielder Joao Mario stated that the rift between Manchester United and Ronaldo will not affect the national team ahead of the World cup campaign.

A snippet of Cristiano Ronaldo with Piers Morgan was revealed few days ago and that has caused an uproar on the social media.

The United forward claims in his interview that he doesn’t have respect for United manager Erik Ten Hag.

He also claimed in the interview that the Glazers do not care about Manchester United because the owners failed to invest in the club.

Ahead of the World in Qatar Mario has stated that they are fully focused and not concerned with the sage between the United forward and his club.

“I don’t see a problem with the timing [of Ronaldo’s interview] so it’s fine for us,” Joao Mario told a news conference on Tuesday.

“I don’t think it puts further pressure on him or on us. We’re used to dealing with great pressure.

“It’s not the first time that a player comes to the national team having a problem with his club. One of the advantages is that we put everything to the side when being here. When we get to the national team, it’s another working group and we try to focus on what’s most important.

“The headlines are always about him [Ronaldo]. Honestly, every time we come to the national team the first questions asked are always about Ronaldo.

“The focus is always on him, and we are used to that.”



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