But Ronaldo’s return to United changed everything for Cavani. He remained with the club but scored just two goals as he played second fiddle to the Portuguese icon and became a secluded character at the Premier League club..
After leaving United for Valencia last summer, the now-36-year-old later revealed that had Ronaldo joined earlier in the summer of 2021, he would have found a new club at the time. The former Napoli star explained why he had to quit United..
Following his departure from United for Valencia last summer, the now-36-year-old revealed that had Ronaldo joined earlier in the summer of 2021, he would have found a new club at the time. The ex-Napoli player explained why he had to leave United.
Knowing what I know about football these days, the first thing I did was call my brother (Walter Fernando Guglielmone, who is also Cavani’s agent) and say, ‘Fernando, if this had happened a week ago, I would have asked you to find me another club,'” Cavani said last May.
But it wasn’t because I didn’t want to play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo. No. Because I had the opportunity to meet him, and he is a great professional with clear goals.
But, after years in football, I know how things work these days. That’s why I called my brother.
“Understanding the situation was more important. Not because I couldn’t play in my role at Manchester, but because many things in football today are different from how they were with other people, years ago. And because it happened so quickly, I felt nothing. ‘We’ll play, do our best,’ I reasoned.”
Ronaldo’s United career paralleled Cavani’s. The club legend had a very successful first season before falling out of favor in his second..
After losing his battle with Erik ten Hag, Ronaldo gave an infamous tell-all interview to Piers Morgan in which he slammed the Dutchman and the club. United retaliated by terminating the veteran’s contract.
While Cavani remains in Europe, scoring eight La Liga goals for Valencia this season, Ronaldo has joined Al Nassr in Saudi Arabia. Following a slow start in the Middle East, the 38-year-old has now scored eight goals in seven games.
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