Manchester United icon Wayne Rooney snubbed former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo as he played ‘play, bench, sell’.
The former Reds leader, appearing on Indian TV channel JioCinema, was asked who he would start, who he would bench and who he would drop between Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Harry Kane.
Rooney said Messi ‘should’ play, while quickly stating he would bench England captain Kane.
Rooney then claimed he would drop former strike partner Ronaldo, but only because the Portuguese star hasn’t played regularly for Erik ten Hag’s side so far this season.
“I would probably…I should start [Lionel] Messi, I would bench [Harry] Kane and leave [Cristiano] Ronaldo out,” Rooney said.
When it was suggested that the Rooneys would not receive a Christmas card from Ronaldo this year, Rooney replied: “He’s not playing for his club then.”
It comes after Rooney responded to Ronaldo following the Portugal international’s criticism of him, with the 37-year-old slamming Rooney during his recent controversial interview with Piers Morgan.
Ronaldo took aim at Rooney for being jealous of his longevity in the game.
However, Rooney chose to praise the United striker in response but admitted it was “a little strange”.
Speaking to CNN, Rooney said: “He’s a fantastic player. Him and [Lionel] Messi are probably the two best players to play the game. This is not a criticism, what I said is that age happens to all of us, Cristiano has a hard time dealing with it.
“He did an interview and it went global – some of the comments are a bit strange but I’m sure Manchester United will deal with that once they’ve seen the full interview and they take it all necessary measures.”
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START MESSI… BENCH KANE… LET RONALDO OUT SAYS ROONEY https://t.co/WdfwlMJvyp
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