Cristiano Ronaldo made it clear he was not happy with Gary Neville’s recent comments after he overlooked his former Manchester United team-mate ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash with West Ham.
Ronaldo hugged his exMan United Striker Louis Saha, who was on the Sky Sports panel at Old Trafford and even a former Liverpool Midfielder Jamie Redknapp.
but Nevillethe recently criticized Ronaldo for leaving Old Trafford early twice this season and suggesting it might be in everyone’s best interest for the 37-year-old to leave the club has been ignored.
Neville became the second Sky Sports insider to hide from Ronaldo this season. Liverpool Legend Jaime Carragher he was also ignored by the legendary footballer in August, much to Neville’s amusement.
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If it wasn’t clear before Sunday, it is now: Ronaldo pays attention to everything said about him in the media.
Use negativity as fuel. Proving his critics wrong has motivated the Portuguese striker throughout his illustrious career.
NORWICH, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 11: Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal from the penalty spot during the Premier League match between Norwich City and Manchester United at Carrow Road on December 11, 2021 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
Rio Ferdinand reveals Cristiano Ronaldo’s text messages
After his decision to ignore Neville, a clip of ferdinand river Sharing an intriguing story through Ronaldo’s text messages has gone viral on social media.
Ferdinand revealed during Euro 2020 that Ronaldo had previously sent him a message after Gary Lineker expressed his belief. Leo Messi he is the best footballer.
“He was a person obsessed with being the best,” Ferdinand said in 2021 on the BBC for Mirror. “After 30 we all sit here, we go downstairs. She kept going. Accelerated. It really defies logic.
“It depends on the commitment, also genetically a bit of luck. But he is a phenomenal footballer, someone who thinks through every little detail and every aspect of the game to try to get every ounce of skill out of himself.
“It’s not just about the physical, it’s also about the mental. His touches have been declining since he was a kid in 2004, but obviously the touches have increased in the box where it will affect games.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 29: Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United celebrates victory at the final whistle after scoring during the UEFA Champions League Group F game between Manchester United and Villarreal CF at Old Trafford on 29 September 2021 in Manchester, England The injury time winner has scored (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
“It’s not just about your physical ability and being able to do this and that faster than anyone else. Or to be stronger.
“You also have to think about where you are on the pitch, and I think he has done better than anyone when it comes to developing as a footballer.
“He is a great example for young players and uses negativity as fuel. You’ve got [Gary Lineker] He said some things like his preference would be Messi out of the two.
“He texts me, ‘I can’t believe he said that, I can’t believe he did that.’ He just uses everything [as fuel].
“You think you’ve done so much in your life, ‘why do you care what anyone says about you? You know you’re the boy. It is the competitive nature. That is all. And you need that.
Rio Ferdinand speaking about Ronaldo's insecurity 🗣️:
"Once Cristiano Ronaldo texted me and asked why Gary Linekar thinks Messi is better than me "
— Semper Fí 🥇 (@SemperFiMessi) October 31, 2022
Ronaldo is 37 years old but he is still so competitive
On the one hand, you have to admire the fact that Ronaldo remains so competitive despite entering the final years of his remarkable career.
But on the other hand, one might have thought that pundits’ criticism is like water on a duck’s back for an all-time great who has accomplished so much in the game.
But that doesn’t seem to be the case.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 27: Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates wait in the tunnel before warming up during the UEFA Europa League Group E match between Manchester United and Sheriff Tiraspol at Old Trafford on October 27 2022 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)