Manchester United fans believe there was tension between Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes after meeting ahead of Portugal's World Cup campaign.
Excerpts of Ronaldo's extraordinary interview with Piers Morgan continue to release online ahead of Wednesday and Thursday's air date.
In the meantime, Ronaldo has joined up with his international teammates to jet to Qatar for Portugal's opening Group H clash with Ghana on November 24.
Among his cohorts is Fernandes, United's star midfielder and stand-in captain this term.
Ronaldo aired his grievances about United manager Erik ten Hag in the interview, claiming he does not 'respect' the 52-year-old.
Ten Hag, meanwhile, has vocally supported Fernandes since arriving at Old Trafford after a slight dip in form.
CNN shared footage of Fernandes entering the Portugal dressing room before bumping into Ronaldo, who was already getting changed.
Fernandes puts his hand on Ronaldo's arm, with the five-time Ballon d'Or winner extending his other for a handshake.
The midfielder shakes Ronaldo's hand very briefly before making his way to the opposite side of the room. You can check out the footage for yourself below.
It's nothing, but the way Cristiano Ronaldo looked at Bruno Fernandes after shaking his hand... LOL!!!pic.twitter.com/GHhXg49z8E— UtdFaithfuls (@UtdFaithfuls) November 14, 2022
Ronaldo looked puzzled as Fernandes walked away. It could be nothing, but it's not stopped supporters on social media delivering their hot takes.
One person tweeted: "Bruno is my captain."
Another commented: "Bruno is a United player first got to love it."
A third put: "What did he expect after that interview?"
While someone said: "My respect for Fernandes is SO high right now!"
Ronaldo returned to United last summer, scoring 24 goals in all competitions. He believes a number of high-profile individuals wanted him out of the club as soon as possible, however.
When asked if he felt he was being forced out, Ronaldo told TalkTV: "Yes, not only the coach, but another two or three guys around the club. I felt betrayed."
After being pushed for a more concrete answer, he responded: People should listen to the truth. Yes, I felt betrayed, and I felt like some people don't want me here, not only this year but last year too."
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