Rio Ferdinand Makes Bold Statement On Ronaldo Snubbing Old Teammate Gary Neville Before West Ham Game
“I don’t think Cristiano [Ronaldo] is taking that call [if Gary Neville calls him],” said Rio Ferdinand on his Vibe with Five podcast while discussing Ronaldo snubbing Neville before the West Ham clash.
“Knowing Cristiano, it’s[the relationship] gone, isn’t it? You’ve said what you said and believe what you believe.
“I think what I would have done differently if I was recreating that scenario, I would maybe have gone and shook a couple of hands and said: ‘you talk too much, see ya later’ and then gone. Just a little jab in there.
“I see why people are saying he didn’t need to do that but from a players’ perspective, no player is happy when a pundit is criticizing them.
“They were team-mates but they aren’t people that would share texts or stuff like that.”
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The Manchester United legend continued: “Gary Neville got blanked! Nev looked nervous, I have seen that face before and he looked nervous ‘is he gonna talk to me’.
“There’s many ways you can look at this. he has blanked him it’s premeditated 100%. If my man is out there he isn’t getting a bar of love from me.
“He put it on him like that and Nev was standing there going, ‘Ah god please say hello, please, please’. It didn’t happen for him.”
Ronaldo did not take kindly to Gary suggesting United are ‘better off’ without the 37-year-old.
Of course, they were teammates during Cristiano’s first spell at Old Trafford but a lot has changed since then.