‘I look better than him and still play at a high level’: Cristiano Ronaldo hits back at former team-mate Wayne Rooney for labeling his behavior ‘unacceptable’, suggesting the ex England captain is jealous
- Wayne Rooney recently claimed Cristiano Ronaldo’s behavior was ‘unacceptable’ this season
- He also called for Man United to sell Ronaldo during the summer transfer window
- Ronaldo has hit back at Rooney, hinting that his ex-teammate is jealous
- Ronaldo also hit Erik Ten Hag and United in an explosive interview
Cristiano Ronaldo has hit back at Wayne Rooney after his former team-mate criticized his behavior at Manchester United this season.
Ronaldo has fallen out of favor under Erik Ten Hag this season, starting just four league games, and showing his frustration last month by refusing to substitute against Tottenham and then walking through the tunnel for the final whistle.
Rooney recently claimed Ronaldo’s actions were “unacceptable” at times and accused him of being an unwanted “distraction” for the club. Ronaldo has finally responded to Rooney’s comments, hinting that the ex-England captain may be jealous of him.
Wayne Rooney recently criticized Cristiano Ronaldo for his behavior at Man United
Ronaldo hits back, hinting that Rooney is just jealous he’s still playing for a big club
“I don’t know why he’s criticizing me so much… probably because he ended his career and I’m still playing at a high level,” Ronaldo said in an exclusive interview with Piers Morgan, as quoted by The sun.
“I’m not going to say I look better than him. What is true…’
Rooney’s recent criticism isn’t the first time he has questioned Ronaldo’s return to United.
He also urged the Red Devils to sell the Portuguese star in the summer after telling the club he wanted to leave, but Ronaldo ultimately failed to get away.
Rooney and Ronaldo have a long history, dating back to 2004 when Rooney arrived at Old Trafford a year after Ronaldo moved to the English giants.
The pair were involved in an infamous incident at the 2006 World Cup when Rooney was sent off for stamping on Ricardo Carvalho.
Ronaldo and Rooney played for United in the 2000s but no longer seem to be on good terms
As Rooney left the pitch, Ronaldo was caught winking for the camera, which seemed to confirm that he had played a part in ensuring the England striker got his marching orders.
When the duo returned to United the following season, they put their differences aside and struck up a deadly partnership that saw the club win three consecutive league titles, plus the Champions League in 2008.
However, it seems their relationship has now reached a new low, with Ronaldo not being too friendly with Rooney questioning his behaviour.
Rooney isn’t the only ex-teammate Ronaldo seems to have argued with either.
Gary Neville has called on Ronaldo and United to part ways for the second time in the January transfer window after saying the team is better without him.
Ronaldo responded by rejecting Neville ahead of United’s home game with West Ham late last month.