Man United have refuted Cristiano Ronaldo’s claims that they doubted his daughter was ill when he returned late for pre-season training.
Manchester United “feel Cristiano Ronaldo’s criticism of their handling of his pre-season tour absence is unfair” after the Portuguese star claimed the club “didn’t believe” his baby daughter was ill.
The 37-year-old missed United’s trip to Thailand and Australia after his daughter was hospitalized with bronchitis in July.
But in his bombshell interview with Piers Morgan, Ronaldo sensationally accused United of doubting she was unwell after he returned late for training.
United are also reportedly baffled by Ronaldo’s criticism of the training facilities at Carrington, where the dining room and pool have recently been refurbished.
In his interview, which will be released in full on Wednesday and Thursday, Ronaldo said: “I spoke to the directors and president of Manchester United and they didn’t believe anything was going wrong, which made me feel bad.”
“They believed it, but it’s something that really hurt me because they doubted my words.
“We spent a week in hospital because Bella had big problems and I didn’t go to the pre-season because of that.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s comments to Piers Morgan about Manchester United doubting his baby daughter was unwell in hospital during pre-season have been refuted by club officials
Ronaldo says United’s leaders “didn’t believe anything was going wrong” when he told them
Ronaldo and partner Georgina Rodriguez tragically revealed their newborn son had died in childbirth on April 13, and three months later his twin daughter was also hospitalized
“Because I wouldn’t leave my family if something happened to do a pre-season because I didn’t think it was fair to leave my family.
“That’s why I didn’t go.”
But according to the Manchester evening newsUnited officials counter Ronaldo’s comments, saying they did show compassion at the time.
Portuguese captain and partner Georgina Rodriguez, 28, tragically revealed that their newborn son had died in childbirth on April 18, but his twin daughter Bella survived.
Tributes poured in from the football world after the pair shared their heartbreaking news, including of United’s arch rivals Liverpool breaking into a rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone after a minute of applause.
Ronaldo and Rodriguez also received a personal message of condolence from the royal family.
However, Bella spent time in hospital with bronchitis when she was just three months old, which resulted in Ronaldo staying home instead of going on tour with his teammates.
More to follow.