Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly forced a remodel of the swimming pool at Manchester United’s training ground. The Portugal international often leaves no stone unturned as he strives to play at the peak of his powers. And now he’s found his way behind the scenes.
According to The Mirror, Ronaldo complained that United’s swimming pool was “old” and a “health hazard”.
Apparently he told bosses at the club’s Carrington training complex that he didn’t want to use the main or plunge pools.
And that was apparently because “loose, chipped, and missing tiles made it a hazard.”
Ronaldo urged the club to re-tile and refurbish the pools and admitted he was shocked they hadn’t changed since Sir Alex Ferguson’s time in the dugout.
United Chiefs took his complaints seriously behind the scenes.
And the pools are now set to be upgraded in time for pre-season, with players on the squad due to be back in July.
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And their current facilities are believed to pale in comparison to Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham.
Last year, United applied for planning permission to build new locker rooms, offices, gym and catering areas in Carrington.
A source is quoted as saying: “Cristiano is an important voice at the training ground.
“In the past, players might have said something, but nothing happened.
“When Cristiano speaks up, people listen, take notice and things tend to change!”
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Meanwhile, Ronaldo is set to become part of Erik ten Hag’s squad at United after the 52-year-old approached the veteran.
However, Jamie Carragher believes the Dutchman would be better off getting rid of the Portugal international instead.
“I am positive [Ten Hag] has to do with Ronaldo. I’m convinced,” he said.
“Whether he’s allowed or not, and I’ve said it time and time again this season, it wasn’t a good signing.
“Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest players of all time and I’m seen as the guy who criticizes Ronaldo.
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“Ronaldo is a league better player than me; I couldn’t even tie his shoes, of course. But I’m not saying that to be disrespectful to him – he’s amazing.”
“Ronaldo has never played in such a bad team. He’s always played for big teams. His attitude of being the protagonist, achieving the goals, pushing the people; If you are on a great team, they will be seen as positive.
“If you don’t play for a great team it can be seen as negative and I think it was negative this season.
“Man United cannot go into next season with a striker who turns 38.
“Even if he scores goals, that’s not right for Man United – one of the biggest clubs in the world.”