Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo has finally explained why he refused to come on as a late substitute against Tottenham Hotspur.
Ronaldo was instructed to step off the bench in the latter stages of the game but refused, instead choosing to walk back along the touchline, down the tunnel, into the dressing room and then head for home before the full-time whistle.
“I will be honest with you, it’s something that I regret, to leave the stadium,” Ronaldo revealed in an interview with Piers Morgan.
“Probably, or maybe no, I don’t know. It’s difficult to tell you 100 per cent but let’s say I regret [it], but in the same way I felt provoked by the coach.
It is not allowed for a coach to put me in [for] three minutes in a game. Sorry, I’m not that kind of player. I know what I can give to the team.”
Ronaldo also left the stadium early during United’s final pre-season friendly against Rayo Vallecano at the end of July.
“Me and eight players, but they mentioned only my name… everyone did that,” Ronaldo added.
“Last year, many players did the same. In that game, eight players do the same but they only speak about the black sheep which is me. I completely understand. Okay, it’s done, I apologise to the coach and for me, the chapter was closed.”