Manchester United superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo has hit back at former teammate Wayne Rooney, after the Englishman made a few comments where he labelled CR7’s antics as a distraction.
Ronaldo and Rooney shared the pitch for the Red Devils between 2004 and 2009. The pair went on to become one of, if not the most feared duo in the Premier League, as they were instrumental in leading United to three consecutive PL triumphs between 2007 and 2009.
However, the two United legends seem to have entered into a spat with each other, as they both have differing opinions on what is best for the Club.
Speaking on talkSPORT last week, Rooney addressed the situation regarding Ronaldo at United, stating his actions are an ‘unwanted distraction.’
When asked if the Red Devils were a better team with Ronaldo in it, Rooney responded: “No, I don’t think so.
“Him and Messi are arguably the two best players of all time. You could go either way. But, I just think that the things he’s done since the start of the season, it’s not acceptable for Manchester United.
“I’ve seen Roy Keane defend him. Roy wouldn’t have accepted that at all!
“Cristiano, just put your head down and work and be ready to play when the manager needs you to. I think if he does that, he’ll be an asset. If he doesn’t, it will become an unwanted distraction.”
Ronaldo finally aired his highly anticipated interview on Sunday night with Piers Morgan. The Portuguese superstar had previously hinted that he had been keeping a record of all the ‘lies’ circulating in the media regarding him and his situation at Man United.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner kept his word, launching a scathing attack on Man United, as well as the Club’s hierarchy. However, Ronaldo also hit back at Rooney’s comments, claiming he doesn’t know why his former teammate is constantly on his back.
“I don’t know why he criticises me so badly… probably because he finished his career and I’m still playing at a high level,” said Ronaldo on TalkTV.
“I’m not going to say that I’m looking better than him. Which is true…”
Rooney’s criticism was strictly football (business) related, whereas Ronaldo’s remarks were a bit personal. It’s safe to assume that whatever relationship they still had has been truly dragged through the mud. We doubt the pair will be exchanging Christmas gifts next month.