Former Manchester United player Wayne Rooney has responded to Cristiano Ronaldo’s comments in his bombshell interview with Piers Morgan.
Ronaldo addressed what he saw as criticism from Rooney in the media after Morgan’s question about whether the Portugal captain had more pounds in the bank or Instagram followers.
“That’s a good question! Probably similar!” He said in his response to Morgan.
Piers Morgan then added: “I’m just trying to work out how Wayne Rooney could hate you even more.”
This prompted the Portuguese star to answer: “Not only him, imagine the rest of the rats they are going to criticise me too, but it is good to still be the No 1.”
Ronaldo also criticised Rooney directly in the interview and said: “Probably [it’s jealousy]. Probably – because he finished his career in his 30s. I’m still playing at a high level; I’m not going to say that I’m looking better than him, which is true.”
Rooney offered his response to the comments at the Globe Soccer Awards in Dubai, where the former England star received the Player Career accolade.
He told CNN: “Well, listen, Cristiano Ronaldo’s a fantastic player and, as I’ve said before, he and [Lionel] Messi are the two best players probably to play the game.
“And, again, it’s not a criticism. What I’ve said is age comes to all of us, and Cristiano is obviously feeling that and he’s finding it hard to deal with that.
“Obviously he’s done an interview that’s gone global. Bit strange, some of the comments are strange in there but I’m sure Manchester United will deal with it once they’ve seen the full interview and they’ll take whatever action they need to take.”
Manchester United have confirmed they have “initiated the appropriate steps” in relation to his interview with Morgan.
Ronaldo’s future at Old Trafford appears bleak, but the United forward was ambiguous when quizzed whether he would be at the club after the World Cup.
He said: “It’s difficult to tell right now, it’s because, we, my mood is right now to the World Cup.
“It’s probably my last World Cup, of course, my fifth World Cup. I don’t know what’s gonna happen after the World Cup, but as I told you before, and I will say again, the fans will be always in my heart.”