“Cristiano Ronaldo is the boss”- Renowned cricketer calls Erik ten Hag a ‘clown’ for ‘disrespecting’ the Portuguese
Kevin Pietersen and Cristiano Ronaldo
After being outraged by Manchester United’s treatment of Cristiano Ronaldo, England cricket legend Kevin Pietersen has chastised the club for using an image of him on Instagram. Pietersen took issue with a photo of himself being used on United’s Instagram story to commemorate the ongoing T20 Cricket World Cup.
Images of several cricketers, including Pietersen, were posted to the club’s official Instagram account with the caption: “It’s T20 World Cup szn. We’ve welcomed cricketing legends, played at iconic venues and met up with plenty of heroes over the years.”
Pietersen has since instructed that the post be removed, calling United manager Erik ten Hag a “clown” for his treatment of Ronaldo this season.
“Please take my picture down? I don’t want an association with a club that’s managed by a clown who is completely disrespecting the greatest footballer of our time!,” Pietersen commented.
“@cristiano is the BOSS! That clown who no one will ever remember needs a wake up!”
Ronaldo has been dropped from Manchester United’s first-team squad after refusing to come on as a substitute in Wednesday’s 2-0 victory over Tottenham. The Portuguese star was seen walking down the tunnel at Old Trafford before full-time, and reports claim he left the stadium before the game was over. It’s not the first time Ronaldo has left a United game early this season, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner also left early in their pre-season friendly against Rayo Vallecano.
Manchester United is planning to fine Cristiano Ronaldo £1 million
According to the sources, Manchester United is set to fine Cristiano Ronaldo £1 million for storming down the tunnel before the final whistle during their 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur on October 19. Ronaldo was photographed leaving the Old Trafford tunnel in the 89th minute of Manchester United’s victory over Tottenham Hotspur and has faced widespread criticism for his actions.
Despite this, manager Erik ten Hag was still able to make two substitutions as his team cruised to a comfortable victory. Ten Hag is known for his discipline, and he appears to be stepping up his game against the Portuguese forward. Manchester United is set to fine Ronaldo two weeks’ wages, and the former Real Madrid striker will also be required to apologize to his teammates.
Ten Hag is sending a message that behavior like Ronaldo’s during Tottenham’s win will not be tolerated under his management. During pre-season, the Portuguese was scrutinized for a similar act when he left a friendly match against Rayo Vallecano after being substituted. Ten Hag deemed his actions “unacceptable” at the time, but he did not discipline the striker.