“He still doesn’t realize it”
ManUtd legend Cantona rants about Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from Manchester United has left its mark. Club idol Eric Cantona finds clear words for the Portuguese’s behavior.
Published: 4:09 p.m
Updated: 19 minutes ago
Cristiano Ronaldo personally ensured that he was kicked out of Manchester United.
Cristiano Ronaldo (37) provoked his expulsion from Manchester United with strike actions and critical statements. Shortly before the World Cup, he finally got his way and was allowed to leave the “Red Devils”. His departure caused red heads on the island. This is also the case with ManUtd legend Eric Cantona (56), who cannot understand the Portuguese’s behavior.
Ronaldo stayed with Al-Nassr in Saudi Arabia after fleeing England. For Cantona, this move is tantamount to the end of Ronaldo’s career. “There are two types of veterans. The one who wants to play every game because he still thinks he’s 25, and the other who knows he’s not 25 and that he’s here to help the young players,” the Frenchman told the “Manchester Evening News”.
Your own ego above the well-being of the boys
For Cantona, Ronaldo belongs in the first category. “I think Cristiano didn’t realize that and he still doesn’t realize that he’s not 25 anymore. He’s older and should accept this situation.”
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Other players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Milan or Ryan Giggs at United would have recognized this and cut his a little bit to help the young players. That’s something Ronaldo doesn’t want to recognize, explains the 56-year-old. “It’s like everywhere in the world, there are people who accept that they are getting older. you have to accept it In everything we do. Not just in football. In particular.”
«From 30 it gets physically more difficult»
In contrast to Ronaldo, who was hungry for success and will continue to play football at Al Nassr for at least two and a half years, Cantona ended his career early. At the age of 30 it was over. His kung fu kick against a Crystal Palace fan is still considered one of the biggest scandals in world football.
Cantona on his early career end: “You can sing until you’re 80 years old, you can act until you’re 80 years old, but footballers or athletes know that from the age of 30 it becomes physically more difficult every day.” (mab/par)