'They're not friends': Between Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney, the 'I love you neither' continues

‘They’re not friends’: Between Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney, the ‘I love you neither’ continues

Manchester United fans didn’t need that. While they are already experiencing a tormented season, marked in particular by half-mast results and a qualification for the Champions League far from certain (7th place in the Premier League) for next season, now they must now deal with a controversy between two glories of their club.

The first is still active: Cristiano Ronaldo. The second is quite simply the top scorer in the history of the Red Devils with 253 goals: Wayne Rooney. Despite a common and victorious past at Old Trafford, they have been torn apart for a few days in the public square. It is the Briton who started on the set of Sky Sports, where he officiates as a consultant.

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The return of CR7 has benefited Manchester? I would say nohe said on Monday. He scored important goals in Champions League games at the start of the season. He scored the hat-trick against Tottenham. But I think if you’re looking at the future of the club, you have to pick younger, hungry players to do their best to carry Manchester United over the next two or three years (…) And obviously Cristiano s comes out a bit. He’s definitely not the player he was when he was 20. And it happens, it’s football. He’s a threat in front of goal but I think for the rest of the game they need more, they need hungry young players.”

Faced with this frontal attack, Ronaldo was quick to respond to his ex-teammate, who was then alongside Jamie Carragher, a former Liverpool player. “two jealous“, he dropped under the extract in question on Instagram. Laconic. The fire having already taken well, Rooney preferred to avoid putting oil on it. “I would say that there is not a single football player on the planet who is not jealous of Cristiano Ronaldo. The career he had, the trophies he won, the money he won, his chocolate bars, his body (laughs). I think every player except Lionel Messi is jealous of Cristiano Ronaldo“, assured the current manager of Derby County. Enough to calm CR7? We doubt it, anyway. Between the two, the river is long but not really calm.

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The 2006 episode

It’s still the first time that Rooney has been so direct with Ronaldohowever, believes Pete Sharland, English journalist on the side of Eurosport UK. I think it’s possible for two reasons: he hung up his boots and remains out of United’s business for the time being. Rooney was already critical then, but only on the pitch or in the dressing room. For me, his relationship with Ronaldo is respectful but distant.” It was however seriously complicated on July 1, 2006. Gelsenkirchen, 62nd minute of the quarter-final of the World Cup between England and Portugal. The English striker is guilty of a sole on the Portuguese defender Ricardo Carvalho. Also on the lawn, CR7 does not hesitate to put pressure on the referee to exclude his club teammate. And it works: red card. An attitude badly digested by Rooney.

The model teammate … Cristiano Ronaldo comes to claim the expulsion of Wayne Rooney in 2006 in the quarter-finals of the World Cup

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When Cristiano ran to Elizondo to have me sent off, I pushed him away. At that moment, I couldn’t believe what he was doing. But sitting in that locker room gave me time to calm down and think“, he will confide to the Times in April 2020. In other words, something has broken since then. Another example: when Gary Neville wanted to return his armband, Sir Alex Ferguson replied that he could not give it to Ronaldo or Rooney. “If I give it to one, the other won’t like it“, he had told him, as revealed by the former defender, also a consultant for Sky Sports.

They are clearly not friends

When Rooney last made his remarks it was simply to talk about how United could be betterexplains Pete Sharland again. But the two are clearly not friends. It’s not the first time the ex-striker has had rave reviews for Messi“Probably, too, there is a question of the legacy left by the two men in a glorious club like Manchester United. If one is not done with his, the other is still sitting on the throne of top scorer.The fact that he is English also plays in his favour, in addition to his style and his “so British” character.

He is the club’s top scorer and truly represents the good and bad side of United, confirms our British colleague. Ronaldo’s first spell was a highlight, but he clearly flirted with Real Madrid and didn’t hesitate to push to leave. It happened to Rooney too, but he always stuck around and helped Manchester United win more trophiesWhat makes him untouchable on the side of the Red Devils supporters? In an ideal world, they would especially prefer not to have to decide between one of the two.

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