Ronaldo cites ‘heat of moment’ after left off Manchester United squad for ‘friendly match’
Ronaldinho has revealed that he believes the heat of the moment was his only explanation as he was later left off the United squad for a friendly match against Manchester City.
Ronaldo has revealed that he believes the heat of the moment was his only explanation as he was later left off the United squad for a friendly match against Manchester City.
The Brazilian, who has won the last seven Ballon D’Or awards for his achievements on and off the pitch, was left out of the squad for the first time in a decade at the start of December in the hope that he could help his team avoid a drop in form.
In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports, Ronaldo says that he believes he made the right decision in leaving the team for the match against West Ham – which City won 2-0.
He said: “I was in the (United) squad because of the heat of the moment, I didn’t even think twice. There are things that you think you know, you know for sure, you believe in.
“I didn’t even think twice, it was one of those moments for me when you are with your mates and you have the squad around you, you don’t know what’s happening, you don’t know what’s going to happen.
“That’s when you don’t say anything, you just go with the heat of the moment. It was just one of those days.
“I’m the kind of person who always wants to do the right thing, I still believe I made the right decision. I feel sorry for him (City manager Manuel) Pellegrini, we would have had four or five players in the squad.”
Ronaldo, whose career has been plagued by rumours of drug use and violence, has been linked with a return to Brazil since his controversial move to Old Trafford in 2007.
He said: “If I had thought about playing for Brazil I would have played for Brazil and I want to help the country, so I was just happy to be back in Manchester and happy for the boys.