Cristiano Ronaldo accuses Gary Neville of using him for glory after football pundit slams him
Cristiano Ronaldo has accused his former teammate, 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, club manager Erik ten Hag, Ralf Rangnick and many more.
Ronaldo recently cleared his former team-mate pitchside at Old Trafford following the Sky pundit’s alleged criticism of him.
In a new clip from the interview released on Monday night, Ronaldo accused his former teammate of only criticizing him to boost his own fame before declaring him and Wayne Rooney, not his friends.
Both Neville and Rooney have criticized the Portuguese in recent weeks for his increasingly irritable behavior as well as his refusal to feature 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.
Cristiano says he is surprised by the criticism from his colleagues
‘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.”
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.
The new snippets of the interview come amid speculation that Ronaldo’s future at Manchester United is over after his agent Jorge Mendes met with Bayern Munich last week over a possible transfer.
In previous clips, Ronaldo also expressed his anger at being criticized by former teammate and strike partner Rooney.
‘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.
“They are not my friends, they are colleagues. We play together, they don’t come, we never have dinner together.