Friday 19 January 2018

Ronaldo 'got the hump' over abuse of his tight jeans at Man United, jokes Rio Ferdinand

Ronaldo has claimed he didn't speak to his United team-mates off the pitch after being quizzed about the relationship at Barcelona between Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar

Jack De Menzes

Rio Ferdinand joked that Cristiano Ronaldo’s claim that he was not close with any of his Manchester United team-mates during his time at the Premier League club is only due to the abuse he received for wearing tight jeans.

Ronaldo was provoked into a sharp response when asked about his Barcelona rivals Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez and the blossoming relationship they share.

Speaking in a press conference ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League last-16 first leg against Roma, Ronaldo said: “I am going to tell you something. When I was at United, I didn't speak [off the pitch] to [Ryan] Giggs, [Paul] Scholes and [Rio] Ferdinand apart from the normal 'good morning' but we won the Champions League.

“We talked on the pitch and that is all that mattered. Does it matter that I don't go out for dinner with [Karim] Benzema or that [Gareth] Bale does not come around my house? It is not important. This thing about the little meals, the little hugs, the little kisses. To me that doesn't mean anything.”

Messi’s relationship with his two strike-partners was never more evident than on Sunday night, when the Argentine turned down the chance to score a penalty and register his 300th La Liga goal in order to pass the ball into the path on the on-rushing Suarez to finish – although it was later revealed to have been intended for Neymar.

However, Ferdinand added his bit on Ronaldo’s outburst and claimed that the stick Ronaldo received in the United changing room didn’t quite register with the Portuguese, and often left him in a bad mood.

“He's gone off me! He used to live next door to me. Unbelievable!” Ferdinand joked during BT Sport’s coverage of the Champions League clash between Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea, before adding Ronaldo's comments might be to do with criticism the Portuguese received about his dress sense.

“I actually used to take the mick out of him in the changing rooms, I think he's got the hump. He used to come in in tight jeans and we used to murder him. He didn't get it.”

But taking a more serious approach to his former team-mate’s comments, he believes that the fact that Ronaldo is irked by what he sees at Barcelona is not due to jealousy but more a reflection of his desire to win at all costs – and to ensure that it’s Real Madrid that everyone wants to rave about.

“That just shows the emotion he's got in him and the desire to win and the desire to get back on top,” added Ferdinand. “At the moment everyone's talking about Barcelona and he's not happy with that. And that's his competitive streak coming out.”

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