British broadcaster Piers Morgan showed interest in Wayne Rooney and Gary Neville in response to Cristiano Ronaldo’s comments about leaving Manchester United.
Ronaldo, 38, was asked about his unusual departure from Old Trafford last November while on international duty with Portugal. He replied (via Fabrizio Romano):
“Manchester United? When we’re at the top of the mountain, we usually don’t see what’s underneath. I went through a bad period in my career. I have no problem admitting it. “But life goes on.”
“I’ve come to understand who the real friends are during these difficult times.”
Morgan responded to Cristiano Ronaldo’s comments and was particularly intrigued by the Portuguese icon’s statement to his friends. The broadcaster tweeted:
“Interesting from Ronaldo… as I’ve also discovered, difficult times bring out the best and the worst in friends and those you mistook for friends.”
Ronaldo left Manchester United last November after an explosive interview with Morgan. He criticized the Red Devils for betraying him and said he had no respect for coach Erik ten Hag.
However, he also targeted his former United teammates, Rooney and Neville. Rooney has criticized Ronaldo for his actions this season under Ten Hag. The iconic striker refused to come on as a substitute in the 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur last October. Leader Al Nassr told Morgan in November:
“I don’t know why he criticized me so badly… maybe because he’s finished his career and I’m still playing at a high level.” I won’t say I look better than him; it’s true.
Neville also criticized Ronaldo, but his opinion derives more from his performance on the pitch. However, the Portuguese remained angry with his former captain and refused a handshake before the game at Old Trafford. He told Morgan:
“It’s hard to listen to such criticism and negativity from people who have played with you, like Gary Neville, for example. People can have their own opinions, but they don’t really know what’s going on, like inside the training ground, in Carrington, or even in my life.
Morgan may be referring to Rooney and Neville with his reaction to Ronaldo’s comments. The Portuguese striker clearly felt they were no longer his friends.