CRISTIANO RONALDO is reportedly baffled by his Manchester United team-mates’ poor attitude towards training.
Earlier this week the 36-year-old Portuguese superstar told the Red Devils’ young stars: “If you don’t want my help, do your job.”
And now The Mail are claiming he is unhappy with their attitude in training and is complaining about the situation in private.
In particular, he is said to be irritated at being one of the only players who go to the gym before and after training.
Ronaldo has netted 14 times in 21 games in all competitions so far this season.
But Man Utd remain down in seventh in the Premier League table having won just nine of 19 matches.
This led Ronaldo to conduct a fiery interview with Sky Sports where he appeared to dig out several of his fellow United team-mates.
He said: “I say we have a long way to improve because, for me, the most important thing is the mentality. To look at yourself and say, ‘I can do better’.
“For you to be professional, help the team, the right mentality, self-taught and positive.
“All these details depend on you, not the coaches, the fans or the press. If you are proud of yourself and you have dignity, you have to do it much more.”
When Ronaldo was a youngster during his first spell at Old Trafford, he began to take his football extremely seriously – both on and off the pitch.
He was the first player to hire a personal chef and continually worked on his skills before and after training.
And now he has opened up more specifically about the mentality of young players in the game today.
“If I give you advice, even if you are younger than me, if you don’t implant that during your daily life, it will be difficult,” he added.
“I will be the number one to help. But if you don’t want my help, do your job, look for yourself, do your best to help the team.
“I can speak all day with that person but if it’s not coming from inside of you, it’s impossible. When I was 18, 19, 20, some older players spoke with me, but I put that as, ‘Cristiano, you have to improve’.”
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Ronaldo’s honours list is quite breathtaking as he has gone on to become one of the greatest players of all-time.
He has won league titles in three different countries, claimed five Champions Leagues and won the Ballon d’Or on five occasions.
Ronaldo, who also won Euro 2016 with Portugal, recently broke the international goalscoring record and has now netted 115 times for his country.
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