Mason Greenwood reportedly called Cristiano Ronaldo a ‘dead’ player prior to their Man Utd partnership
Greenwood’s history of diva-like behaviour
Mason Greenwood reportedly claimed Cristiano Ronaldo was a ‘dead’ player prior to the pair even becoming team-mates at Manchester United. The one-capped England international, 21, was told to soften his language by club staff when he made the comment as a teen while Ronaldo was still a Real Madrid player. New reports claim Greenwood was also daring enough to call colleagues ‘s*** to their face’ when pushing through the Man Utd academy.
The current situation
The forward remains suspended while United complete their own internal investigation into charges of attempted rape, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and engaging in controlling and coercive behaviour, which were later discontinued by the Crown Prosecution Service on the grounds there was ‘no realistic prospect of conviction.”
A troublesome history
Earmarked as the star of the Man Utd academy at the age of 10, Greenwood has never been shy in expressing himself on or off the field. On top of organising six rowdy house parties during the height of lockdown, the young diva was also sent home in disgrace from the England camp in Iceland after inviting girls back to the team hotel whilst under strict quarantine rules. And now The Athletic are reporting Greenwood used to cause difficulty in his adolescent years which came back to bite him when a certain five-time Ballon d’Or winner returned to the Theatre of Dreams.
The comment about Ronaldo
Greenwood is reported to have once said the term “he’s dead” (which is a slang term to mean finished) when speaking of Ronaldo’s perceived career decline at Real Madrid. Staff were supposedly forced to intervene and correct him on his choice of term. Ronaldo’s hugely successful Real career ended in 2018, before Greenwood had even made a senior appearance for United. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner went on to shine at Juventus for the following three years in Italy before finishing as United’s top scorer in his first season back at Old Trafford, bagging 24 goals in all competitions. Greenwood netted six times in 24 games prior to his suspension midway through the same 2021/22 campaign.
Greenwood’s threat to leave for Man City
The report also reveals how Greenwood at least once threatened to leave United for arch-rivals Manchester City, during a period when their once noisy neighbours were pummelling millions of pounds into their academy setup. But Greenwood turned City down when they made a direct approach for his services and later apologised for his petulant behaviour.
The current state of affairs
Greenwood is unlikely to feature for Man Utd again this season as the internal investigation takes place. He is still collecting his £75k-a-week wages. In a statement after the charges were dropped, he said: “I am relieved this matter is now over. I would like to thank my family, loved ones and friends for their support.” The forward is now planning to marry his pregnant partner with their first child expected to arrive in the summer.