Wayne Rooney recently criticised Cristiano Ronaldo’s behaviour and his ex-Manchester United teammate has ruthlessly hit back, labelling him “finished” in a bombshell interview with Piers Morgan
Cristiano Ronaldo has launched a stinging attack on Wayne Rooney and labelled his former Manchester United teammate “finished.”
Rooney recently criticised the 37-year-old megastar for his behaviour at the club, having notably left a match early because he doesn’t have “respect” for manager Erik ten Hag. In a bombshell interview with Piers Morgan, Ronaldo claims to feel “betrayed” by the Red Devils, having not been allowed to leave Old Trafford since he submitted a transfer request in the summer.
And it wasn’t just the United hierarchy who felt his wrath, as the Portuguese striker ridiculed Rooney, who’s four months younger than him but already retired. “I don’t know why he criticises me so badly,” Ronaldo declared on Piers Morgan Uncensored on TalkTV.
“Probably because he finished his career and I’m still playing at a high level. I’m not going to say that I’m looking better than him. Which is true,” he added with a smile.
His boss, Ten Hag, was another high-profile figure who the five-time Ballon d’Or winner took aim at, as Ronaldo explained why he refused to come on as a late substitute during the Red Devils’ 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur last month.
“I don’t have respect for him because he doesn’t show respect for me,” the United striker affirmed. If you don’t have respect for me, I’m never gonna have respect for you. If you don’t have respect for me, I’m never gonna have respect for you.”
Ten Hag is among many who Ronaldo claims to be making him feel like a “black sheep” at Old Trafford. “Not only the coach, but the other two or three guys around that are around the club,” former Real Madrid hero went on.