Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr boss, Rudi Garcia, is labelled ‘the WORST person I’ve known in football’ by former Brazil star Juninho – who claims the Frenchman would ‘serve him breakfast’ to keep the Portuguese on side
- Juninho has launched an attack on Cristiano Ronaldo’s new boss Rudi Garcia
- The Al-Nassr coach clashed with Juninho during their time at Ligue 1 side Lyon
- Juninho has claimed Garcia instils fear and wants to be the centre of attention
- Ronaldo signed for Al-Nassr on a lucrative £175million-a-year contract last week
- But he is unable to make his debut on Thursday due to a two-match ban
Former Brazil star Juninho has described Cristiano Ronaldo’s new manager as the ‘worst person’ he has ever known in his footballing career in a hard-hitting character assassination.
Ex-Brazilian international Juninho Pernambucano claimed Rudi Garcia, who will be Ronaldo’s boss at Al-Nassr, would serve the former Manchester United striker his breakfast if necessary to keep on his right side.
The former midfielder, considered by many to be the greatest free kick-taker of all time, added: ‘He doesn’t know how to lead anything.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr coach Rudi Garcia, left, has been slammed by Juninho
Former Brazil international Juninho, right, clashed with Rudi Garcia when the pair were at Lyon
‘He leads out of the fear he imposes on others.’
Juninho and current Al-Nassr boss Garcia coincided at Lyon when the Brazilian was sporting director of the French club and the Frenchman the manager.
The 40-times-capped Brazil midfielder’s relationship with Ronaldo’s new boss was known to be bad, with Juninho saying when Garcia left Lyon at the end of the 2020-21 season: ‘He’s a cold and calculating person, very untrusting and insecure.
‘That’s why he instills fear in employees and the technical staff in general.’
Juninho claimed Garcia would ‘serve Ronaldo his breakfast’ if necessary to keep him on side
In an interview with online Portuguese sports site MaisFutebol Juninho, whose real name is Antonio Augusto Ribeiro Reis Junior, said: ‘My experience with Rudi Garcia was terrible.
‘He’s the worst character I’ve known in all my footballing career.’
Confirming he believed he will go out of his way to suck up to Cristiano, he added: ‘He won’t dare to do anything obstructive.
‘On the contrary he will even serve Cristiano his breakfast if necessary.
The former Brazil international claimed Garcia is determined to be the centre of attention
‘He will try to be his friend and will do everything possible for that. It will be his dream to be Cristiano Ronaldo’s friend.
‘Rudi Garcia doesn’t care about the team’s success or dressing room harmony.
‘What matters to him is that he’s the centre of attention, whatever the crisis.
‘But like all cold human beings, he recognises those that are better than him and tries to take advantage of it.
Ronaldo was unveiled in front of Al-Nassr fans at the club’s stadium on Tuesday
Ronaldo is unable to make his debut today having still not served a two-match FA ban
‘Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest in the history of football, a legend, and Rudi knows that.’
Juninho also said he was speaking out only out of admiration for Cristiano, who he ‘admired and respected’ because talking about Rudi Garcia sapped him of energy.
Ronaldo, 37, rebuffed criticism of his move to Al-Nassr during his official unveiling earlier this week, saying he was ‘proud’ of his decision and claiming his work in Europe was done.
The Portuguese international is said to have penned a deal until 2025 worth around £173 million, making him the highest-paid sportsperson ever.
Sportsmail revealed on Wednesday that Ronaldo will be unable to make his debut for his new club on Thursday due to a two-match FA ban for smashing an Everton fan’s phone.
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