Cristiano Ronaldo sensationally claims Gary Neville is using him to BOOST his profile
Cristiano Ronaldo has accused Gary Neville of using him to boost his own profile.
The claims are part of the Portuguese’s explosive interview with Piers Morgan in which he took aim at Manchester United, Erik ten Hag, Ralf Rangnick and now Neville, among others.
Ronaldo recently cleared his former team-mate pitchside at Old Trafford following the Sky pundit’s alleged criticism of him.
In a fresh excerpt from the interview published On Monday night, Ronaldo accused his former team-mate of only criticizing him to boost his own fame – before declaring him and Wayne Rooney, not his friends.
It comes after revelations on Sunday night in which Ronaldo accused United of ‘betraying’ him before the club released a statement on Monday afternoon saying they were aware of the interview but would not act immediately.
Both Neville and Rooney have criticized the Portuguese in recent weeks for his seemingly recalcitrant and often increasingly petulant behavior. Best summed up, perhaps, by his refusal to enter the fray against Tottenham last month.
Ronaldo told Morgan: “To listen to your ex-colleagues or team-mates 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 TV job that they have to criticize to be more famous. I really don’t understand it.
“It’s difficult when you see people who were in the dressing room with you criticizing that way.”
The new snippets of the interview come amid speculation over what Ronaldo’s future may hold. United are looking for ways to sack the player while the Portuguese himself, along with his agent Jorge Mendes, met Bayern Munich last week, as revealed by Sportsmail – they were one of the clubs he tried at to move into the summer window.
Cristiano Ronaldo accused Gary Neville of using him to boost his own TV profile
The Portuguese also said he was ‘surprised’ by Wayne Rooney’s criticism in recent weeks.
“We know him, we love him but he can’t accept not being the star man. He’s just going to have to leave,’ Neville said of the player during Chelsea’s game after the win over Tottenham, for which Ronaldo was suspended by the club.
Rooney said on talkSPORT: “Cristiano should put his head down and work and be ready to play when the manager needs you. I think if he does that he will be an asset. If he doesn’t I think it will become an unwanted distraction.
“It’s hard to see people who were in the dressing room with you criticizing you that way,” added Ronaldo.
Morgan asked Ronaldo if Neville’s criticism came from a place where he felt he could bolster his own name by doing this.
“I think they take advantage of it because they’re not stupid,” Ronaldo said. ‘I’m the #1 followed guy in the world. It is not by chance.
Meanwhile, new revelations about how angry Ronaldo was after being criticized by former teammate and strike partner Rooney have emerged.
Ronaldo’s explosive interview with Piers Morgan appears to have set fire to any relationship he still has with the first big club of his storied career
‘Me too (I’m surprised). Peter, I don’t understand. You should ask him the questions,” he said. ‘I do not know. I don’t know why he criticized me so much.
‘Probably (it is jealously). Probably – because he ended his career in his thirties. I always play at a high level; I’m not going to say that I look better than him, which is true.
“It’s hard to listen to that kind of criticism and negativity from people who play with you, for example Gary Neville as well.”
“People may have their own opinion, but they don’t know what’s going on inside Carrington’s training ground – or even my life. They shouldn’t listen to a point of view – they should also listen to my point of view, because it’s easy to criticize [when] you don’t know the whole story,” he continued.
Ronaldo snubbed Neville when he entered the pitch at Old Trafford a few weeks ago – after doing the same with Jamie Carragher earlier in the year
“They are not my friends, they are colleagues. We play together, they don’t come, we never have dinner together.
Ronaldo’s comments come amid a complete breakdown in relations between the Portuguese and Manchester United.
United themselves issued a statement on Monday afternoon saying they were aware of the interview and would wait until all the facts were “established” before seeking to act.
“The club will consider its response after all the facts have been established. Our aim remains to prepare for the second half of the season and continue the momentum, belief and unity being built between the players, manager, staff and fans,’ the statement read.
As well as his comments regarding Rooney and Neville, Ronaldo also took aim at Ten Hag, whose reign has coincided with his relationship with the club going completely on fire.
“I don’t have respect for him because he doesn’t show me respect,” Ronaldo told Morgan.
Ronaldo launched a sensational attack on former United manager Ralf Rangnick, accusing him of not being a manager
Ronaldo also said he doesn’t respect current Man United manager Erik ten Hag (left)
“Some people don’t want me here – not just the coach but the other two or three guys. Not just this year, but also last year.
‘Honestly, I shouldn’t say that. But look, I don’t care. People should listen to the truth. Yes, I feel betrayed.
While he also accused the club of not keeping up with the times, saying they had been overtaken by Liverpool, Manchester City – and now even Arsenal.
Ronaldo said Rangnick ‘wasn’t a coach’ and didn’t know who he was before joining
He said: “Since Sir Alex Ferguson left I haven’t seen any development at the club, progress was zero.
‘Nothing has changed. Not just the pool, the jacuzzi, even the gym. They stopped in time, which surprised me a lot.
“I think the fans should know the truth. I want the best for the club. But you have things inside [the club] it does not help to reach the highest level like City, Liverpool and even now Arsenal.