After Cristiano Ronaldo reached an agreement with Manchester United to terminate his contract with the club, Wayne Rooney has shared his thoughts on the striker’s decision to leave Manchester United.
The explosive interview in which Ronaldo, who is now 37 years old, criticized a wide variety of aspects of life at Manchester United made it highly likely that the player would soon leave Old Trafford.
It was stated that his teammates did not want the attacker to return to the club after the World Cup in light of the criticism that was directed toward the players and the manager.
After hearing on Tuesday from the club that the two parties had agreed to a mutual termination of the player’s contract, they will be left in an extremely happy state. This will leave them with no regrets.
During Ronaldo’s interview, one of the groups that found themselves in the crosshairs were his former teammates. Gary Neville and Wayne Rooney were both called out for their poor performance.
When it came to his teammate Rooney, Ronaldo clapped back at the criticism that had been previously leveled at him by the manager of DC United, claiming that Rooney was envious of the fact that he was still playing and taking a jab at the England record holder’s appearance.
At least Rooney is more classy than that, and his reaction to the news was entirely more classy, as he decided not to criticize his former teammate.
Rooney went as far as to say that it was a’shame,’ and he wished Ronaldo the best of luck in the future while speaking about Ronaldo’s departure from the club.
“Should I be surprised? ” “No,” the former captain of England said when speaking to Sport 18.
There was no other option available, but it’s a shame since he’s been such a wonderful asset to the club in his service.
“I hope that he finds success in whatever he does.”
The offense that Rooney committed against Ronaldo, which prompted the five-time winner of the Ballon d’Or to speak out against his fellow 37-year-old, was to cast doubt on the future of the Portuguese superstar at United.
“Wazza” hadn’t exactly ripped into Ronaldo, but he had stated that his former teammate was “obviously not the player he was when he was 22 or 23.”
The former Everton striker did make the criticism-worthy statement that Ronaldo is one of the best players in the history of football, alongside Lionel Messi.
Rooney did express the idea during the summer that his old club should sell the striker, who was attempting to depart at the time, but even in that opinion, he was not nеɡatᎥvе.
“It’s not that Ronaldo can’t play for a Ten Hag squad; in fact, he already has. He is versatile and can play for any team “Rooney stated.
“You can always count on Ronny to score for you. However, in my opinion, Manchester United are not yet prepared to compete for the league championship. Therefore, the objective should be to assemble a squad that is capable of winning the league championship over the next three to four years, and preparation should be made accordingly.
“If it is true that Cristiano wants to leave the club, then United should let him go and try to sign a No. 9 who will be there for the next three or four years and truly help them construct a team that has the potential to be successful.
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“Ten Hag has to be given time to do it.”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s comments about Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney’s time together at Manchester United have re-emerged.
Ronaldo unleashed an explosive attack on former teammate Rooney during his box-office interview with Piers Morgan earlier this week.
The United striker claimed Rooney was ‘jealous’ of his career longevity while appearing to refer to him as a ‘rat’ along with other former colleagues.
During their time at Old Trafford, Ronaldo and Rooney won three Premier League titles and the Champions League.
Both players enjoyed playing with one another, Rooney acting as the perfect foil for the future five-time Ballon d’Or winner to strut his stuff.
Ibrahimovic saw it a different way. Back in 2015, before Ronaldo returned to United, he remarked Rooney was putting in more work which got overlooked.
He told BBC Sport: “When he played with Cristiano Ronaldo, all the work was done by Rooney.
“These great players they have their moments over one to three years. But to continue over five years, for ten years, the way Wayne Rooney has done is not easy. It’s pressure every day playing for a big team.”
Rooney stayed at United until 2017, becoming their all-time top goalscorer and adding two more Premier League titles to his name.
Ibrahimovic would play one season with Rooney at United, winning the Carabao Cup and Europa League under Jose Mourinho.
Ronaldo, meanwhile, made a sɦock return in 2021. He scored 24 goals in all competitions last season as United finished with their lowest-ever Premier League points tally.
He attempted to force a move to a club in the Champions League over the summer but failed to attract any suitors.
The 37-year-old is under the impression that Red Devils manager Erik ten Hag has treated him with “disrespect.” He shared his sentiments with Morgan, saying, “I don’t have respect for him because he doesn’t show respect for me.”
“If you don’t have respect for me, I’m never going to have respect for you,” she said. “It’s that simple.”
On Friday, it was reported that Manchester United have taken the “first steps” toward kicking Ronaldo out of the club. These reports claim that United have already fired Ronaldo.
The Portugal international, who is currently away with his country competing in the World Cup, will ‘effectively be fired,’ and he is no longer welcome at United’s Carrington training complex. This news was announced while the player was away competing in the World Cup.