Ghana manager Otto Addo has insisted the Cristiano Ronaldo controversy with Manchester United will not affect Ghana when they take on Portugal in their 2022 World Cup opener.
Ronaldo made headlines when he sat for an explosive interview with Piers Morgan. Among those he criticized in the interview were Man Utd manager Erik ten Hag and the Glazers family, the owners of the club.
Man Utd have since terminated Ronaldo’s contract. The Old Trafford outfit announced earlier this week that Ronaldo is to leave the club by mutual agreement, with immediate effect. That means Ronaldo heads into the 2022 World Cup as a free agent, without a club.
There has been concerns the situation surrounding Ronaldo could act as a distraction for Portugal, who will be eyeing to win their first-ever World Cup title in Qatar 2022.
Otto Addo Insists Cristiano Ronaldo Controversy is Not Ghana’s Problem
“This is not our problem and I don’t think it’s a big problem. Everyone wants to win. No matter what happens, it’s a big stage, a big game at the World Cup level so I don’t think normally this can distract anyone.”
Meanwhile, Portugal are the favourites to take all three points from their match against Ghana. The EURO 2016 winners come into the fixture on the back of their 4-0 win over Nigeria in a friendly match last week.
Portugal will be aiming to cruise to a comprehensive win over the African nation and get their 2022 World Cup campaign off to a great start. Ghana, meanwhile, will be eyeing to cause an upset and get the better of Portugal.
The match between Portugal and Ghana kicks off at 9:30 pm Indian Standard Time, on November 24. Portugal will then face Uruguay and Ghana will square off with South Korea in their second match of the group-stage campaign.
Portugal takes on Uruguay on November 29th, with the match kicking off at 12:30am Indian Standard Time. They will conclude their 2022 World Cup group stage campaign by battling South Korea on December 2nd, in a match that kicks-off at 8:30pm Indian Standard Time.
Ghana, meanwhile, will take on South Korea at 6:30 pm IST on November 28 before finishing their group stage campaign by facing Uruguay at 8:30 pm IST on December 2.