‘He’s not playing for his club’ – Wayne Rooney launches fresh dig at Cristiano Ronaldo in game of ‘start, bench, drop’ after recent Piers Morgan interview

    Wayne Rooney has made a fresh dig at Cristiano Ronaldo after the latter’s recent comments in his interview with Piers Morgan.

    Ronaldo’s explosive interview with the TalkTV host aired in two parts last week, with the Manchester United star making a series of critical comments about the club and their manager.

    Rooney was criticised by Ronaldo in his recent interview

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    Rooney was criticised by Ronaldo in his recent interview

    He also spoke on the criticism he has faced from the likes of Rooney, his former teammate at Old Trafford.

    The Portuguese international said: “I don’t know why he criticises me so badly… probably because he finished his career and I’m still playing at a high level.

    “I’m not going to say that I’m looking better than him. Which is true…”

    Rooney provided a classy response to the comments in the aftermath of the interview, but he has now taken a fresh swipe at the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

    Speaking on JioCinema for their World Cup coverage, the former striker played a quick game of ‘start, bench, drop’ between Ronaldo, Harry Kane and Lionel Messi.

    Rooney responded with: “I’d have to start Messi. I’d bench Kane and leave Ronaldo out, he’s not playing for his club.”

    Rooney and Ronaldo were successful teammates at United

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    Rooney and Ronaldo were successful teammates at United

    Ronaldo’s future at United now looks uncertain, with a club statement after the second part of the interview saying: “Manchester United has this morning initiated appropriate steps in response to Cristiano Ronaldo’s recent media interview.

    “We will not be making further comment until this process reaches its conclusion.”

    The World Cup in Qatar may provide Ronaldo with a welcome distraction from the events at his club.

    However, there is little chance he will ever appear in a United shirt again after his recent comments and he could soon be having to look for his next move.

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