Bruno Fernandes has spoken out for the first time, after reports of him and Manchester United teammate Cristiano Ronaldo sharing a unwelcoming start to Portugal’s World Cup squad.
Inside Old Trafford there’s a good chance that Ronaldo is the most hated man in the dressing room, following his recent tell all interview.
Though it won’t be shown in full until Thursday night, we already know that the United forward believes the club have disrespected him and that Erik ten Hag wants to force him out.
Some hint at how his United teammates might have been feeling appeared to come in the form of Fernandes, when the pair met on Portugal duty.
They appeared to not be too impressed to see each other, when Bruno arrived late, having played in United’s game with Fulham at the weekend.
Now Bruno seems to have backed up those claims with a post on social media, saying, “Oh Joao Mario, there you are ruining the covers of the newspapers.”
Bruno’s post. Image: InstagramBeing asked about the focus once again being on Ronaldo, during the press conference where he put to bed the Fernandes story, Mario explained Portugal were used to it.
“For us it’s the same, the headlines are always about him so for us it’s quite the same,” the Benfica midfielder claimed.
“So I don’t see a problem with the timing because everyone always speaks about Cristiano Ronaldo so it’s fine for us.”
It will of course only add more scrutiny to his form during the tournament, with Portugal taking on Ghana in their opening game a week on Thursday.
After that they take on Uruguay, before finishing their group campaign off against South Korea, as Ronaldo chases his first world title.
Ronaldo in Portugal training on Monday. (Image Credit: Alamy)Whilst the issue with Bruno might not actually be a problem, the five time Ballon d’Or winner did share an awkward moment with another teammate.
The former Inter Milan full back then got fed up and moved away from his teammate and didn’t look too impressed with what just happened.
It seems unlikely that the current situation will derail Portugal’s chances at winning the World Cup but it won’t help them all too much either.