The Portugal captain said he is not concerned about the impact of his actions on the side, adding that he feels good about their chances of winning the World Cup.
“In my life, the best timing is always my timing,” Ronaldo told a press conference on Monday.
“I don’t have to think about what other people think. I speak when I want. The players have known me very well for years and know what type of person I am.”
“It’s an ambitious group that’s hungry and focused. So I’m sure it (the interview) won’t shake the concentration and focus of the dressing room.”
Referring to himself in the third person, Ronaldo said that “anything related to him will always lead to criticism and controversy”.
Ronaldo, 37, confirmed that the awkward handshake between him and attacking midfielder Bruno Fernandes that was caught on camera and went viral was the result of a prank between Portugal and United teammates.
“My relationship with him (Fernandes) is excellent,” said Ronaldo. “I was joking with him. His plane arrived late and I asked if he came by boat. That was it.
“The atmosphere in the dressing room is excellent. No problems. The group is shielded. And I take the opportunity to say: stop asking about me.”
After missing Thursday’s friendly against Nigeria in Lisbon due to a stomach problem, Ronaldo has been training with teammates as usual since arriving in Qatar on Friday and said he feels in shape.
“I feel great, I’ve recovered and I’m training well and I’m ready to start the World Cup in the best way possible,” said Ronaldo.
“I feel that this Portuguese side has great potential. I think we can win for sure, but we have to concentrate on the next game. So it’s focus on Ghana, get a win and go from there.”
“In the end we will see who is the best team, but I believe Portugal is the best team at this World Cup. But we have to show it on the pitch.”
Portugal is in World Cup Group H with Ghana, Uruguay and South Korea