Cristiano Ronaldo targets Gary Neville with explosive accusation
Cristiano Ronaldo has dealt a major blow to Gary Neville by insisting the former Manchester United right-back is not his friend in a revealing interview with Piers Morgan, which will air in full later this week. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner made a series of explosive claims during the revealing conversation that was partially revealed on Sunday, with his second spell at United now seemingly all but over as the dust continues to settle.
Neville has insisted that Ronaldo’s time at United will inevitably be cut short on several previous occasions and the Portuguese striker blocked him during warm-ups ahead of their win over West Ham late last month. The former Red Devils and England right-back has since been accused by Ronaldo of using him to gain more fame, with the 37-year-old stating: “We never go out to dinner together.
“Hearing how ex-colleagues or teammates criticize you, when they only see one point of view. It’s easy, it’s easy to criticize, I don’t know if you have a job on television that they should criticize to be more famous. I really don’t get it. It’s hard when you see the people who were in the dressing room with you criticizing like that.”
Asked directly if Neville has been using his name to gain a higher level of notoriety as an expert in recent months, Ronaldo added: “I think they take advantage of that because they’re not stupid. I’m number one in a row.” boy of the world It’s not by chance.”
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Ronaldo also singled out Wayne Rooney, whom he played with at United for a number of years during the height of his previous stint at Old Trafford, and the DC United boss has made a number of negative comments about him in recent months.
“It was a year ago, or six months ago,” Ronaldo continued. “We are here at my house, he picked up his children here and invited them [Ronaldo’s son] Cristiano to go home to play football. I don’t really understand people like that, or if they want to be on the front page of the paper in the news or they want new jobs or whatever.
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“I don’t know why he criticizes me so much. Probably because he finished his career and I’m still playing at a high level. I’m not going to say that I look better than him, which is true. “
United, meanwhile, have yet to make any firm decisions on what to do with Ronaldo, but issued a statement on Monday to acknowledge their recent interview with Morgan, saying: “Manchester United take note of media coverage of an interview with Cristiano Ronaldo The club will consider his response after all the facts have been established Our focus remains on preparing for the second half of the season and continuing the momentum, confidence and unity that is being built between the players, the manager , the staff and the fans.”
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