CRISTIANO Ronaldo has accused Gary Neville of criticising him to get more fame — and declared the TV pundit is no friend of his.
After the Chelsea game, Neville — who shared a dressing room with Ronaldo for seven years — said: “We know him, we love him but he can’t accept not being the star man. He’s going to have to leave, that’s it.”
Ronaldo responded: “To listen as ex-colleagues or team-mates criticise you, when they only see one point of view. It’s easy.
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“It’s easy to criticise, I don’t know if you have a job in television that they must criticise to be more famous. I really don’t understand it.
“It’s hard when you see people who was in the dressing room with you criticising that way.”
When asked if Neville had used his name to get attention, he responded: “I think they take advantage of that because they are not stupid.
“I’m the number one followed guy in the world. It’s not by coincidence.”
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He admitted he was “surprised” by Rooney’s criticism since he rejoined United last September — despite Wayne and his kids enjoying play dates with Ronaldo’s kids at his home.
Ronaldo said: “It was one year ago, or six months ago. We’re here in my house, he picked up his kids here and he invited (12-year-old son) Cristiano to go to his house to play football.
“I really don’t understand people like that. Or if they want to be on a cover of the paper in the news or they want new jobs or whatever.”
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Rooney told TalkSport: “Cristiano should get his head down and work and be ready to play when the manager needs you. I think if he does that, he’ll be an asset. If he doesn’t, I think it’ll become an unwanted distraction.”
When asked if he counts Rooney and Neville among his friends, the striker responded: “They are not my friends, they are colleagues. We play together, they’re not coming, we’re not ever having dinner together.”
The wantaway former favourite also blasted United’s controversial US owners the Glazer family, saying “They don’t care about the club.”
He said they had turned United from a football club into a “marketing club”.
He praised Keane as “my best captain ever” and his friendship with Ferdinand existed on and off the pitch as they were neighbours.
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Calling them “very good guys”, he added: “Not just because they speak good about me, but they was there in the dressing room.
“They are football players. They know how players think and behave.”The Portuguese ace greeted Louis Saha and Jamie Redknapp but ignored Neville[/caption] Host David Jones teases Neville on Sky Sports’ Super Sunday[/caption] Ronaldo insisted he remained on good terms with former teammate Rio Ferdinand[/caption] He also praised Roy Keane as ‘my best captain ever’[/caption]