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15th Nov 2022

Gary Neville responds after Cristiano Ronaldo claims he only uses him for fame

Tobi Akingbade

Many believe the cryptic tweet is aimed at Ronaldo.

Cristiano Ronaldo has accused Gary Neville of using him to boost his own profile.

Tensions have been high as of late. Ronaldo recently blanked his former team-mate pitchside at Old Trafford as a result of the Sky pundit’s supposed criticism of him.

Ronaldo’s upcoming explosive interview with Piers Morgan , and his high-profile falling out with Manchester United, appears to have rolled on to Twitter with Neville appearing to take a dig at Ronaldo’s claims.

Details of the interview, the full version of which is scheduled to be aired later this week, appeared online on Sunday night as previews were released many viewers were able to hear snippets of Ronaldo’s many claims.

Ronaldo, who expressed a wish to leave Old Trafford in the summer, said he feels ‘betrayed’ by the club, does not respect manager Erik ten Hag and feels he is being forced out.

Reports have since claimed Ronaldo will face a fine of £1m from United, whereas others claim he could be released from his contract over the nature of his comments.

United, meanwhile, insist they will consider their response to the interview when the full facts behind it have been established.

In the latest clips of the interview released on Monday evening, Ronaldo accused his former team-mate of criticising him only to boost his own fame – before declaring him and Wayne Rooney not friends of his.

Neville and Rooney have both criticised the Portuguese in recent weeks for his seemingly recalcitrant and often increasingly petulant behaviour. Best encapsulated, perhaps, by his refusal to enter the fray against Tottenham last month.

Ronaldo told Morgan: “To listen as ex-colleagues or team-mates criticise you, when they only see one point of view. It’s easy.

“It’s easy to criticise, I don’t know if you have a job in television that they must criticise to be more famous. I really don’t understand it.

“It’s hard when you see people who was in the dressing room with you criticising that way.”

On Tuesday morning, fans noticed the apparent dig on Neville’s Twitter page after he simply tweeted: “Anyone for dinner?”

Users responded by tagging Ronaldo’s account to the tweet, with one writing: “@Cristiano ??”

Another pointed out that Ronaldo is ‘helping’. They wrote: “And he just help you guys expose the shitty things happening in the club, yet y’all criticized him. Shame”

One fan added: “Stop using CR7 for fame  if only you had a great footy career of your own, winning titles and playing under one of the greatest to ever manage the game you might have your own claim to fame.”

This comes as new footage showed a tense exchange between Ronaldo and team-mate Bruno Fernandes.

Fernandes, United’s de-facto vice-captain, appeared to not have been fond of the interview as he greeted Ronaldo after linking up with the national side on Monday evening.

In the clip, released on Portugal’s social media channels showing each of the 26 players arriving ahead of the World Cup which kicks off this week with Qatar-Ecuador on Sunday, Fernandes can be seen walking past Ronaldo.

Fernandes put an arm on Ronaldo as he walked past him to put his bag down in the locker next to his before trying to turn away to face the rest of the dressing room.

However, Ronaldo offered out his hand. Fernandes, after a short moment of contemplating his next movie awkwardly meets his hand before saying something to him and turning away quickly.

Reacting to the clip on social media, most supporters appeared to take the side of Fernandes.

One user wrote: “Another impending problem with Ronaldo’s interview is the situation he’s put both [Diogo] Dalot and Bruno in. Such an unnecessary and awkward situation.”

Analysing the exchange, writing: “Bruno wasn’t going to shake hands if Ronaldo didn’t reach out, and he clearly had his face down [throughout], which clearly means he wasn’t interested in shaking hands if Ronaldo didn’t reach out”

Meanwhile another added: “Ronaldo seems to be genuinely bemused why Bruno Fernandes might be a bit frosty with him.”

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