Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United has issued a message to his social media fans following the confirmation that he has been dropped from the matchday squad for Saturday’s trip to Chelsea.
Ronaldo chose to leave the bench early and stroll down the tunnel before the final whistle in United’s 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur. When asked about the incident after the game, manager Erik ten Hag stated that he wanted to focus on his team’s performance, but he indicated that he will “deal” with the 37-year-old on Thursday.
United announced the next day in a statement that Ronaldo would not be making the journey to Stamford Bridge this weekend. “Cristiano Ronaldo will not be available for Manchester United’s Premier League match against Chelsea this Saturday,” the club said in a statement. “The rest of the team is completely focused on preparation for that game.”
Ronaldo has now addressed the subject. On his Instagram account, the forward wrote: “I try to live and play respectfully towards my colleagues, opponents, and coaches, as I have throughout my career. That is still the case. I’ve not changed.
“I’m the same guy and professional I’ve been for the last 20 years of playing elite football, and respect has always played a big part in my decision-making. I began when I was very young, and the examples of the older and more experienced players were always very significant to me.
“As a result, in the years thereafter, I’ve always tried to set a good example for the young people who have grown up in all of the teams that I’ve represented. Unfortunately, that is not always possible, and occasionally our emotions get the best of us.
“I just feel like I need to keep training hard in Carrington, support my teammates, and be prepared for anything in any given game right now. It is not an option to give in to the pressure.
“It was never the case. This is Manchester United, and we must stand together. We’ll be back together soon.”