Wayne Rooney, a former teammate of Cristiano Ronaldo revealed that he is bemused by the criticism towards him by the Portuguese superstar. After Rooney cautioned the Portuguese star last week that he is turning into an “unwanted distraction” at Old Trafford, Ronaldo fired back in a shocking interview with TalkTV that was made public by The Sun. In October, during United’s 2-0 victory over Tottenham, Ronaldo resisted being used as a substitute and stormed down the tunnel before the game was completed, which prompted manager Erik ten Hag to bench him for one match.
“Most likely due to the fact that he ended his career in his 30s. I won’t say that I look better than him, even though that is true because I am still playing at a high level. It’s difficult to hear that type of criticism and vitriol from teammates like Gary Neville, for instance,” Cristiano Ronaldo said about Wayne Rooney. “People are free to express their own opinions, but they are unlikely to be aware of what is happening in the Carrington training facility or even in my personal life. Not only should they hear more than one point of view, but they also need to hear mine. If you don’t know the complete situation, it’s simple to condemn. It’s simple to criticize, though I’m not sure if that’s part of their work on television in order to gain greater notoriety. I’m totally at a loss for words.”
Rooney has made the decision to hold off on commenting in the media. It is believed that Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are the two best players in the world, according to England’s all-time leading goal scorer. He does, however, believe that the 37-year-old must acknowledge that he is in the latter stages of his career and that playing for a team the magnitude of Manchester United requires that he respect the situation and not expect to play in every minute of every game.
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