Joao Mario has played down rumors of a rift between Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes after the duo was pictured sharing an awkward handshake. Mario said that it was a joke between the two players.
Mario has played down the rumors of a rift between Ronaldo and Fernandes (Courtesy: Reuters)
By India Today Web Desk: Portugal’s Joao Mario has played down rumors of a rift between Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes after the duo shared an awkward handshake after meeting up ahead of the World Cup.
Fernandes and Ronaldo were pictured sharing a few words and a weird handshake that got the fans talking. The Portuguese forward had recently hit out at the Manchester United owners, manager Erik ten Hag and former teammate Wayne Rooney on Monday.
Many felt Ronaldo’s comments may have led to the awkward interaction. However, Mario has now brushed aside the rumors about a rift between the two and said, as quoted by Reuters, it was a funny interaction between the two and it was misinterpreted on the outside.
“I was there and saw everything, it was a funny moment that was misinterpreted on the outside,” a laughing Joao Mario told a news conference in Lisbon on Tuesday.
“It was a joke between them because Bruno (Fernandes) was late, one of the last to arrive, and Cristiano (Ronaldo) asked him if he had came by boat.
“I understand that the images can be interpreted in many ways, but it was a joke between them. They have a great relationship because they play together, I saw them all day yesterday. There is no problem between them.”
When asked if Ronaldo’s interview will be a distraction to the squad, Mario said that there was no added pressure for them. He went on to say that being in the World Cup is a dream for many of the players and the interview will not add any pressure on Ronaldo.
“There is no added pressure,” Joao Mario said. “We are all used to dealing with great pressure because we play for big clubs.
“Being in the World Cup is a dream for many and only carries more responsibility. I do not believe that the interview adds more pressure on him or anyone else.”