“I’m a big fan of his”

Cristiano Ronaldo praised controversial psychologist Jordan Peterson and admitted to being a “big fan” during his interview with Piers Morgan.

The Manchester United striker posted a photo of himself with the controversial right-wing psychologist on Instagram in September.

Peterson has developed a large fanbase online for his divisive social views, including race and climate change.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner delved deeper into his relationship with Peterson during the second part of his explosive sit-down with TalkTV.

“I’m a big fan of his,” Ronaldo admitted. “I read his book, 12 Rules, and I felt that he is a very interesting man and I like meeting smart people. Great man. And I learned a lot. Some advice he gives me…

“We had a nice strategic conversation. Not just for the moment of my life, not just for football, because my life is not just football. I’m a businessman. I have a lot of important things in my life.”

“And when you’re surrounded by these people with you, people who make your life more interesting, they accomplish something in your everyday life.

Ronaldo and Peterson at the home of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner. (Image credit: Cristiano/Instagram)

“I appreciate it because it’s those kinds of people who think outside the box, which I appreciate. We had a nice conversation, a strategic conversation.”

Peterson claims he helped Ronaldo navigate a difficult period in his life. During his appearance in ‘Piers Morgan: Uncensored’ in September, Morgan praised the 60-year-old for giving Ronaldo his support.

Ronaldo and partner Georgina Rodriguez announced the tragic death of one of their newborn twins in April.

The 37-year-old further admitted that he could write his own book, just like Peterson, to motivate his loyal fans.

Ronaldo's last appearance to date came in a 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa earlier this month.  (Image credit: Alamy)
Ronaldo’s last appearance to date came in a 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa earlier this month. (Image credit: Alamy)

He continued: “Why not? For the future probably… I want to raise not only my family, but also my fans.

“As you know, I have many, millions of fans. I probably want to make a book in the future. But not the kind of book… But to help people; how to be, how to keep a long life.”

Elsewhere in his interview, Ronaldo aimed both at United manager Erik ten Hag and at their owners, the Glazer family.

United have since released a statement confirming they have taken “appropriate steps” for the interview with Ronaldo.

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