‘He’s one of the greatest players ever’ – Manchester United star defends Cristiano Ronaldo after his contract was cancelled by the club

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has defended Cristiano Ronaldo following his exit from the club.

The 37-year-old left Old Trafford after giving an explosive interview with Piers Morgan that saw him criticise United, manager Erik ten Hag and the Glazers.

While many condemned Ronaldo for complaining about the club so publicly, Maguire has stood by his former teammate. 

Speaking ahead of England’s World Cup clash against the USA on Friday, Maguire said: “As a footballer nobody likes being criticised but I think it’s part and parcel of the game.

“I’ve played with Cristiano Ronaldo for the last couple of years and he’s one of the greatest players to ever kick a football.

“He gets criticised daily, so if it’s going to happen to him and the position I’m in playing for Manchester United, it’s going to happen to each and every one of us. 

“You’ve just got to work hard, go into training, do your best and that’s all you can do.”