The Indian stalwart, Virat Kohli, and former England skipper Kevin Pietersen have come out in support of Portuguese football icon Cristiano Ronaldo after he parted ways with Manchester United following a controversial interview that witnessed him expressing his displeasure about the club’s manager Erik ten Hag. The club in retaliation reportedly decided to terminate his contract with immediate effect.
During the interview, Cristiano Ronaldo also spoke about the way the ‘Red Devils’ chiefs ill-treated him and at the same time mentioned that he felt betrayed by the club. He had given this interview to British journalist Piers Morgan before joining the Portugal camp for the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.
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Kevin Pietersen clarified that it was indeed a big letdown for Manchester United to not even try to understand and address Cristiano Ronaldo’s personal grievances. During a chat with on Sky News Australia, Pietersen said, “If what he said is true about them not believing what’s been happening with this family, I can’t say whether it’s true or not, he says it is true, that’s almost unforgivable.”
“He is a human at the end of the day, yes he’s super famous, yes he’s worth hundreds of millions of dollars, he’s achieved it because he’s amazing at what he does,” the South Africa-born cricketer added.
Meanwhile, Kevin Pietersen went on to post this interview on Instagram. What really stood out here is that Virat Kohli happened to like this post which can be assumed that even the batting icon has lent his support to the Portugal captain.
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Kohli considered Cristiano Ronaldo to be an inspiration for him in maintaining high fitness standards and has praised the football star on various occasions. On Tuesday, November 22, Manchester United officially confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo has left the club by a ‘mutual agreement’ with ‘immediate effect’ and will not be returning to the ‘Theatre of Dreams’ after Portugal’s World Cup campaign.