The ripple effect from Cristiano Ronaldo’s bombshell interview isn’t just travelling throughout Manchester United but the Portugal camp too, it would seem.
Following his controversial comments in an exclusive with Piers Morgan released on Sunday, the 37-year-old travelled to join his compatriots ahead of the World Cup, but he wasn’t exactly welcomed with open arms by two of his fellow United teammates.
In footage released by the Portuguese FA, Bruno Fernandes can be seen entering the training camp and keeping somewhat of a distance as Ronaldo goes to greet him. It’s all in the face.
Well, that was awkward.
As you can see, Fernandes not only limits himself to a civil but brief handshake while Ronaldo looks on despondently, but the midfielder then goes on to share an affectionate private handshake with one teammate and then hugs another.
Currently acting as one of the leaders in the United dressing room, often captaining the side given the recent absence of Harry Maguire, Bruno will have no doubt been upset by his friend and colleague’s comments — especially when they came after such a hard-fought win against Fulham on Sunday.
Several figures around Old Tafford are said to be “extremely disappointed” that veteran footballer, sporting icon and United legend (or at least he was) would “disrespect” the club like this.
To make matters worse, the ‘Portuguese Magnifico’ wasn’t the only one to seemingly snub CR7, as United right-back Diogo Dalot was also pictured looking less than chummy with his fellow club and countryman.
In not one but two different photos, Dalot can also be seen keeping his distance from Ronaldo and one image, in particular, has unlimited meme potential.
Some people are arguing that too much is being made of these images, especially given they were released by the team themselves. However, when you consider how these players normally are on the pitch, not to mention how friendly they are with their national hero usually, there is a marked difference.
Ronaldo is a player that both Bruno and Dalot, like the rest of their country, have obviously admired growing up in Portugal and have regularly displayed camaraderie with since Ronaldo returned to United.
With that in mind, even if they intend to play happy families for the sake of the tournament, it’s fair to say they haven’t made the best start when it comes to keeping up appearances.
Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott ‘working on plans’ to screen England vs France game at AO Arena gig
Paul Heaton has said that he’s ‘working on plans’ to screen the England vs France World Cup match ahead of his gig in Manchester this weekend.
Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott are set to play a huge gig at the AO Arena this Saturday – clashing with England’s quarter finals game.
Paul has said that they understand fans ‘might prefer not to miss the youthful looks of Jack Grealish’.
His announcement that they are hoping to show the game has drawn a mixed reaction from fans.
Many welcomed the news that they wouldn’t have to miss the huge match from the Qatar World Cup.
But others said that it would ruin the show, with one person tweeting: “Please don’t ruin the show with that. I’ll be wanting my money back if I’m going to see football rather than the music!”
Paul replied to say: “We won’t. We just have to make sure the place isn’t half full.”
He has now gone on to address the divided opinions on the football being screened at the AO Arena, sharing a photo of himself pulling a silly face with the words: “Me trying to work out what to do next Saturday @England @AOArena.”
Many fans have pointed out that Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott aren’t actually due on stage until 9pm and that, all being well, the game will be over by then anyway.
Others have pleaded that they don’t cut the show short to fit it in around the England vs France game, and wondered what it would mean for Billy Bragg’s supporting slot.
Jacqui Abbott hasn’t been able to perform with the group for the last few shows due to ill health, but it’s hoped she’ll be back on stage with her former The Beautiful South bandmate by the time they gig in Manchester.
The duo offered refunds to anyone who no longer wanted to attend the concerts without Jacqui after she was told to sit them out on doctor’s orders.
But Paul added: “For those who choose to retain their tickets for the next three shows, I promise you that myself & the boys will put on a show to remember. We’ll sorely miss Jacqui but our intent is to make those who refund their tickets bitterly regret that decision. Thanks for your support.”
The pair were on the receiving end of a lot of praise from members of the public after announcing the tour, and capping ticket prices at £30.
They went on BBC Breakfast to speak about rising costs in the music industry while promoting their new album.
He said at the time: “I’m very much against greed in the industry. I feel as though there is quite a lot. We are trying to just battle and say ‘we’ll do it for as low as we can’.”
They also said they want to ‘set a bit of an example’ for the rest of the industry.
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Gary Neville is taking The Overlap Live on tour with Roy Keane, Jamie Carragher and more
Gary Neville’s The Overlap has quickly become one of the most popular sports podcasts in the UK and now they’re taking the hit Sky Sports show on the road.
The Overlap Live Tour was announced on Monday, 5 December, revealing four massive live shows across the UK and Ireland in 2023, featuring go-to guests Jamie Carragher, Roy Keane and more.
Due to high demand, a fourth show in Dublin was added to the list of dates which will no doubt please everyone’s favourite irritable Irishman.
The sports discussion podcast and YouTube show gives exclusive insights into some of Britain’s greatest athletes and a behind-the-scenes look at their lives outside of the sporting area.
While Neville and co. have held standalone live shows and fan debates before in the likes of London and Manchester, this is the first official Overlap Tour, with the run ending at O2 Apollo Manchester on 8 June.
Regular host Josh Denzel and Sky Sports’Monday Night Football presenter Kelly Cates will be joining them on their Overlap Live trip around the UK next year.
Used to heated discussion and no-holds-barred opinions, Gary said: “The reaction to the Wembley show has been brilliant so we are delighted to be able to confirm three new dates… It’s fair to say these will be lively shows and I think all three of us know exactly what we are in for!
“As with the Wembley show we’ll be opening up to questions throughout the night, which we might live to regret, but it should be interesting to say the least – particularly for me and Roy in Liverpool! Seriously though, these will all be great nights – so join us if you like!”