Cristiano Ronaldo says that he did not talk to former Manchester United teammates Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs away from the field.
Ronaldo reacted angrily to suggestions that his lack of off-field relationship with Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale is the reason for Real Madrid scoring fewer goals than Barcelona.
“That’s what you say,” Ronaldo said. “When I was at Manchester United with Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand, we only said ‘good morning’ and ‘good night’ and we were formidable on the pitch.
“We don’t give each other kisses and hugs. I don’t have to go to dinner with Bale or Benzema or invite them to my house. What’s important is our understanding on the pitch. Little meals or kisses and hugs don’t mean anything.”
When a journalist followed that question by querying Ronaldo’s goal record away from home this season, the Portuguese walked out.
“Can you name one player who has scored more away from home than me since I’ve been in Spain? No, you can’t, there aren’t any. Bye everyone.”
Speaking on BT Sport on Tuesday evening, Ferdinand responded to Ronaldo’s claims:
“He’s gone off me! He used to live next door to me. Unbelievable!’ he joked, before adding Ronaldo’s comments might be to do with criticism the Portuguese received about his dress sense.
“I actually used to take the mick out of him in the changing rooms, I think he’s got the hump. He used to come in in tight jeans and we used to murder him. He didn’t get it.”
Awww, the glory days before banter went bad. Brings a tear to the eye.