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“Bald Guys Are Very Complicated” – Forced Cristiano Ronaldo to Leave, Manchester United Boss Erik Ten Hag Lambasted by Arturo Vidal

Published 09/25/2023, 3:36 AM EDT

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s second spell with Manchester United was a chapter many would like to erase from his career. CR7 expressed a challenging relationship with coach Erik ten Hag and the management which led to his contract being terminated by the Red Devils. Recently, Chilean soccer star Arturo Vidal criticized the Dutch coach and raised concerns about his choices regarding Ronaldo’s role in the 2022-23 season.

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Previously, Ronnie divulged information about his rift with the United manager in a controversial interview with Piers Morgan. The Portuguese skipper had highlighted the limited playing opportunities from ten Hag. Meanwhile, Vidal reignited this controversy by taking a stick on the former Ajax coach in an interview.

Arturo Vidal condemns ten Hag for his take on CR7


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Cristiano Ronaldo netted 27 goals in 54 games during his second stint with Manchester United. He was utilized as a substitute or subbed out during the latter half despite several such stints in the 2022/23 season. The 38-year-old frequently protested and refused to participate in the match due to his disapproval of Ten Hag’s decisions. On this note, Arturo Vidal raised questions about the choices made by the United manager.

The ex-Barca star struggled to grasp the Dutchman’s stance regarding Ronaldo despite his emphatic performances. Vidal said in an interview, “That coach came in badly. How are you going to take out Cristiano Ronaldo? That’s how these guys are. He was the scorer and he takes him out. The bald guys are very complicated”.


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However, ten Hag believed that Ronaldo’s inclusion added stability in the latter half of the match. He remained resolute in this decision, leaving CR7 seething in frustration. Following such disintegrated circumstances, the 38-year-old revealed his thoughts in an exclusive interview with Piers Morgan.

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When Cristiano Ronaldo shared his frustration in Piers Morgan’s show

CR7 had had enough with Manchester United in his second spell. Ronaldo’s unwavering determination played a strong role in backing himself during the unsuccessful transfer to the Red Devils. He was dissatisfied when the club officials disregarded his efforts both in training sessions and on the pitch by the club. Consequently, the Los Blancos legend lashed out at the club as well as the manager during his appearance at Piers Morgan’s show.

The United coach did not want him on the team as reflected by his attitude towards the Portuguese maestro. Thereby, CR7 quoted in Morgan’s interview, “I don’t have respect for him [Ten Hag] because he doesn’t show respect for me. If you don’t have respect for me, I’m never gonna have respect for you. I felt betrayed. I feel that some people didn’t want me here, not only this year but last season too”.


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However, Ronaldo’s fortunes have dramatically turned following his ecstatic season with Al Nassr. Ronnie is already the second-highest goal scorer of 2023 with 34 goals. Fans anticipate more such resounding performances from CR7 as they face Ohod in today’s King Cup knockout stage match.


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Written by:

Prabuddha Basu


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Prabuddha is a soccer writer at EssentiallySports. Growing up watching the sagacious Manchester United where legends like Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes shone, Prabuddha has been an admirer of the EPL giants, and looks forward to the new era stars like Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford as the torch bearers. Keen follower of the game, he values weaving his articles with facts, analysis and captivating narratives.
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