Wednesday, February 8, 2023

A video of Wayne Rooney talking about Cristiano Ronaldo in 2022/23 goes viral as Ronaldo makes ‘Not my friends’ claim

A video of Wayne Rooney talking about Cristiano Ronaldo in 2022/23 goes viral as Ronaldo makes ‘not my friends’ claim

Unless you’ve been missing from social media and haven’t watched television since Sunday night, you’re aware of Cristiano Ronaldo’s explosive interview.

After Manchester United’s 2-1 road triumph over Fulham, which was clinched by Alejandro Garnacho’s injury-time strike, Piers Morgan said that an in-depth interview with the Portuguese superstar would shortly appear.

Less than four hours after the Red Devils’ victory, at approximately 10pm UK time, parts of Ronaldo’s ‘explosive’ chat with Morgan were released.

Ronaldo’s criticism of club legend Wayne Rooney is one passage that has so far been made public that has enraged United fans.

The ex-Real Madrid and Juventus player told Morgan: “I don’t know why he [Rooney] criticises me so badly… probably because he finished his career and I’m still playing at high level. I’m not going to say that I’m looking better than him. Which is true…”

Both cruel and pointless

Even unusual is the fact that Rooney has not been very vocal about Ronaldo’s problems at  Manchester United during the 2022–3 season.

The record-setting striker for England criticized his old teammate for refusing to come on as a substitute against Tottenham Hotspur, but that’s fair, right?

Cristiano Ronaldo claims on Gary Neville and Wayne Rooney: ‘Not my friends’ 

Cristiano Ronaldo has accused Gary Neville of using his name to increase his television presence and stated that he and Wayne Rooney are not his friends.

In October, following Ronaldo’s refusal to enter the game as a substitute for United against Tottenham, Neville stated: “We know him, we love him but he can’t accept not being the star man. He’s going to have to leave, that’s it.”

Subsequently, Ronaldo blanked Neville, with whom he played for seven years, live on Sky Sports towards the end of October while warming up for a match against West Ham.

Rooney, meanwhile, told talkSPORT last week that Ronaldo’s behavior was ‘unacceptable for Manchester United’ and that he posed a risk of becoming an unwelcome distraction at the club.

Piers Morgan questioned Ronaldo about these criticisms from two of his close teammates.

He said: “People can have their own opinion, but they don’t really know what’s going on. For example, inside the training ground and Carrington area or even my life – they should listen not only to one point of view, they have to listen to my point of view as well. Because it’s easy to criticise. But if you don’t know the whole story, it’s easy.

“It’s easy to criticise, I don’t know if you have a job in television that they must criticise to be more famous. I really don’t understand it.”

When asked if Neville had used his name to get attention, he responded: “I think they take advantage of that because they are not stupid.

“And I really understand that I have to carry on with my life, with criticism or when the people speak good about you, but it’s hard when you see people who was in the dressing room with you criticising that way. It is not good.”

When asked if he counts Rooney and Neville among his pals, Ronaldo replied: “They are not my friends.”

Ronaldo acknowledges that Rooney’s recent comments on talkSPORT surprised him.

Rooney said: “I just think the things he has done from the start of the season, it is not acceptable for Manchester United. I’ve seen Roy Keane defending him. Roy wouldn’t accept that. Roy wouldn’t accept that at all.

“It is a distraction which Manchester United don’t need at the minute, trying to rebuild.

“For Cristiano, just get your head down and work and be ready to play when the manager needs you. If he does that, he will be an asset. If he doesn’t, it will become an unwanted distraction.”

On Rooney’s criticisms, Ronaldo said: “It was one year ago, or six months ago. We’re here in my house, he picked up his kids here and he invited (12-year-old son) Cristiano to go to his house to play football.

“I really don’t understand people like that. Or if they want to be on a cover of the paper in the news or they want new jobs or whatever.”

Rio Ferdinand and Roy Keane “really good guys”

While Rooney and Neville are no longer on his Christmas card list, Ronaldo says he is still friends with Rio Ferdinand and Roy Keane, two other United icons.

He referred to them as “really good guys” and added: “Not just because they speak good about me, but they was there in the dressing room.

“They are football players. They know how players think and behave.”

A video of Wayne Rooney talking about Cristiano Ronaldo in 2022/23 goes viral as Ronaldo makes ‘not my friends’ claim

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