In Cristiano Ronaldo News, former Brazil star Juninho has described Cristiano Ronaldo’s new manager as the ‘worst person’ he has ever known in his footballing career in a hard-hitting character assassination.
Ex-Brazilian international Juninho Pernambucano claimed Rudi Garcia, who will be Ronaldo’s boss at Al-Nassr, would serve the former Manchester United striker his breakfast if necessary to keep on his right side.
Juninho and current Al-Nassr boss Garcia worked together at Lyon when the Brazilian was sporting director of the French club and the Frenchman the manager.
The 40-times-capped Brazil midfielder’s relationship with Ronaldo’s new boss was known to be bad, with Juninho saying when Garcia left Lyon at the end of the 2020-21 season: ‘He’s a cold and calculating person, very untrusting and insecure.
In an interview with online Portuguese sports site MaisFutebol Juninho, whose real name is Antonio Augusto Ribeiro Reis Junior, said: ‘My experience with Rudi Garcia was terrible.
‘He’s the worst character I’ve known in all my footballing career.’Confirming he believed he will go out of his way to suck up to Cristiano, he added:
‘He won’t dare to do anything obstructive.’On the contrary he will even serve Cristiano his breakfast if necessary.
‘That’s why he instills fear in employees and the technical staff in general.’
‘He will try to be his friend and will do everything possible for that. It will be his dream to be Cristiano Ronaldo’s friend.
‘Rudi Garcia doesn’t care about the team’s success or dressing room harmony.
‘What matters to him is that he’s the centre of attention, whatever the crisis.
‘But like all cold human beings, he recognises those that are better than him and tries to take advantage of it.
Juninho also said he was speaking out only out of admiration for Cristiano, who he ‘admired and respected’ because talking about Rudi Garcia sapped him of energy.
Ronaldo, 37, rebuffed criticism of his move to Al-Nassr during his official unveiling earlier this week, saying he was ‘proud’ of his decision and claiming his work in Europe was done.
The Portuguese international is said to have penned a deal until 2025 worth around £173 million, making him the highest-paid sportsperson ever.
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Sportsmail revealed on Wednesday that Ronaldo will be unable to make his debut for his new club on Thursday due to a two-match FA ban for smashing an Everton fan’s phone.