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“Ronaldo does not take this call”


Rio Ferdinand can’t see Cristiano Ronaldo talking to Gary Neville anytime soon, after masking the pundit live on Sky Sports over the weekend.

The Manchester United star has made headlines for ignoring his former team-mate ahead of United’s Premier League win over West Ham at Old Trafford.

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Ronaldo came to greet Saha with a hug before having a short chat

He then spoke to Redknapp and shook his hand with a smile on his face - but there was nothing for Neville

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He then spoke to Redknapp and shook his hand with a smile on his face – but there was nothing for Neville

Ronaldo returned to the starting line-up and played the full 90 minutes as the Red Devils beat the Hammers 1-0 on Sunday – suggesting his beef with manager Erik ten Hag is over.

But it seems he loves drama, as he’s traded one feud for another – this time with former teammate Neville, just like he did with Jamie Carragher earlier in the season.

Approaching the Sky Sports pundits desk on the sidelines before the game, Ronaldo made quite a scene as he waved goodbye to ex-teammate Louis Saha and even gave ex-Liverpool man Jamie some love Redknapp, but then walked away without even recognizing Neville.

It probably wasn’t a coincidence. The former defender has criticized the 37-year-old’s behavior this season and recently claimed that Man United would be better off without Ronaldo and that they should ‘end their relationship’ with him.

Neville is not alone in thinking, with many agreeing that an exit would likely be the best outcome for both club and player heading into the January transfer window.

Ferdinand was asked about scenes from the latest edition of Vibe with Five on YouTube, and he admitted Ronaldo’s departure was ‘100 per cent premeditated’ and it’s likely Neville won’t be on the Christmas card list of Cristiano this year…

Neville is not in Ronaldo's good books

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Neville is not in Ronaldo’s good books


Ferdinand said: “Gary Neville has been cleared!

“Jamie Redknapp got some love…was it to make a point?

“Nev looked nervous!” I’ve seen that Nev face before, he looked NERVOUS! He was like, ‘Oh, is he going to talk to me? Please, please say hello’ – but that didn’t happen for him.

“Ronaldo cleared him and it’s 100% premeditated.

“There are many ways to look at this, when I was a player and you asked me how I would react to criticism…constructive criticism is okay.

“If someone says I’m not playing well and they should sell me, whatever, I’d use that as fuel, I’d hold it back, and that would be negative energy for me. It’s that competitive edge.

“And if I saw that reporter, I would frame him, like what Ronaldo did there.

Ferdinand admits Ronaldo won't forgive Neville in a hurry

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Ferdinand admits Ronaldo won’t forgive Neville in a hurry

“But me being in the position I’m in now, I expect the players to accept that, that’s part of it, that’s why we’re here, we’re here to critique your performance, that’s our work [as a pundit].

“Criticizing your performance alone, I think it should be fine.

“So it’s really difficult, that, because that’s all Gary Neville has done.

“Cristiano respects Gary as a player, he respected him when he was one of the senior players at the club, 100 per cent, but he just wouldn’t appreciate someone talking badly about him.

“It’s like my relationship with Jesse Lingard and Paul Pogba has been strained at times, because I didn’t always agree with some of the things they did, and I questioned their performances. , and these guys know me, I’ve known them since they were kids and I don’t have a bad feeling about these guys, but if I have to say, they might be unhappy, but in the long run, they will know that I am not trying to hurt them.

“That’s what happened between me and Jesse, we talked about it, we discussed it and we move on, everything is fine.

“But, knowing him as I know him, I don’t think Cristiano will answer Gary’s call any time soon. No player is happy when an expert criticizes him.



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