Gary Neville was taken aback by Laura Woods’ “cheeky” question about Cristiano Ronaldo during ITV’s World Cup coverage.
The former Manchester United star was one of the hot topics in Piers Morgan’s interview with Ronaldo, in which the striker accused Neville of using him for fame and insisted the pair aren’t friends.
Neville has been ridiculed in the past by his fellow Sky Sports pundits for being snubbed by Ronaldo and Woods couldn’t resist sticking he knife in.
“It’s the first time I’ve spoken to you since Cristiano Ronaldo left Manchester United, has he answered your phone calls?” Woods asked.
Neville smiled, shook his head, and replied: “You’re cheeky you, aren’t you? My phone’s not rung, let alone from Cristiano!”.
But Neville went on to hail Ronaldo’s “monster mentality” ahead of Portugal’s clash with Uruguay, which they went on to win 2-0 to qualify for the last 16.
Neville said: “He’s unbelievable. He’s responded to criticism, he doesn’t like what’s happened in Manchester. He’s in his homeland, Portugal adore him, the relationship with his manager is strong.
“I think we need Ronaldo, Messi, Mbappe all coming to head in this tournament because something’s going to have to give at some point. I watched the Portugal game the other day and I thought the balance was awful.
“He had Bruno Fernandes on the right with Cristiano up front. That doesn’t work, we’ve seen that at Manchester United. When Leao came on and Joao Felix played with Carvalho and Bruno moved inside with Silva they looked pretty good and that’s the way forward for Portugal.
“They’re a good team with a man up front with a monster mentality, he’ll think he’s lifting that World Cup and he’ll believe that and that will transmit to the rest of the team. He’s done that in the Champions League with Real Madrid, with Barcelona dominating, he won five Champions League’s there.
“He delivers in the big moment. Nothing will surprise me but I think it’s right he left United and right United let him go.”