Wayne Rooney jokes everyone apart from Lionel Messi is jealous of Cristiano Ronaldo after Man United star hits back at comments

    Cristiano Ronaldo has had his say on Wayne Rooney’s comments about his Manchester United return.

    Appearing on Monday Night Football earlier this week, Rooney said he believes his return to Old Trafford had not worked out, sparking a reaction from his former teammate Ronaldo on Instagram.

    Ronaldo has played a key role for Man United this season and is still scoring, but the team has struggled

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    Ronaldo has played a key role for Man United this season and is still scoring, but the team has struggled

    After re-joining the club in the 2021 summer transfer window, there were high hopes Ronaldo would help the Premier League side become the giants they once were under Sir Alex Ferguson.

    But, for several reasons, the club have failed to live up to expectations and instead of competing for the Premier League title they face a battle to secure their Champions League status.

    Defensively they have been all over the place and up front goals have been at short supply, with only Arsenal scoring less in the top six.

    Individually, Ronaldo has done quite well, scoring 12 goals in 24 league games and 18 in all competitions.

    However, Rooney isn’t convinced about the impact of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

    Asked if the signing of Ronaldo has worked for Man United, the club’s record goal scorer said: “You’d have to say no at the minute.

    Ronaldo has 807 career goals, more than anyone else in history

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    Ronaldo has 807 career goals, more than anyone else in history

    “He’s scored goals, important goals in the Champions League earlier on this season and the hat-trick against Tottenham.

    “But I think if you’re looking to the future of the club you have to go with younger, hungry players to do their best to lift Manchester United over these two to three years.”

    While Rooney’s points have some weight to them with Ronaldo heading into the twilight of a legendary career, his former teammate wasn’t having any of them.

    After the Derby County manager’s appearance on Sky Sports, Rooney posted a picture on Instagram with presenter David Jones and Liverpool legend and pundit Jamie Carragher.

    Rooney and Ronaldo formed a key partnership at United in their five seasons together

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    Rooney and Ronaldo formed a key partnership at United in their five seasons together

    Ronaldo clearly heard what Rooney said, and unsurprisingly did not agree

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    Ronaldo clearly heard what Rooney said, and unsurprisingly did not agree

    And Ronaldo appeared in the comments section, simply writing: “Two jealous”.

    Clearly he thinks his time at the top is far from over and, after missing the 1-1 draw against Leicester through illness, will hope to prove his old teammate wrong against Everton this Saturday.

    And Rooney was asked about the post in his press conference on Thursday ahead of Derby’s game against Swansea.

    “There’s probably not a player on the planet who isn’t jealous of Cristiano for the career he’s had and the trophies he has won and the money he’s earned,” he said.

    “Also, his six-pack and body,” he joked. “I think every player bar Lionel Messi is probably jealous.”

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