Cristiano Ronaldo: Man Utd star raging with Gary Neville as Rio Ferdinand reveals reasons for feud with Sky Sports pundit

Gary Neville, Cristiano Ronaldo during Manchester United v Benfica - Champions League game at Old Trafford Credit: Alamy
Gary Neville, Cristiano Ronaldo during Manchester United v Benfica - Champions League game at Old Trafford Credit: Alamy

Rio Ferdinand has spoken out over the simmering feud between Cristiano Ronaldo and Gary Neville – and revealed exactly why the Portuguese superstar is now giving his former Manchester United teammate the cold shoulder.

The future of Ronaldo continues to rage. Having returned to Old Trafford in summer 2021, a parting of ways looked to be on the cards over the summer after an underwhelming season. Indeed, their failure to reach the Champions League, saw Ronaldo reportedly instructing his agent, Jorge Mendes, to fix him up with a new club.

But despite plenty of speculation, a plethora of clubs, including Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Atletico Madrid, were quick to distance themselves from his signature.

And despite the appointment of Erik ten Hag as manager, speculation over his future continues to cause debate. Indeed, one of Ronaldo’s sisters recently lit the blue touch paper after a stinging criticism of the Dutchman.

Since then, Ronaldo has been in and out of the United side. But a tantrum after being an unused sub in the win over Tottenham saw that speculation rise a notch.

Ronaldo has since apologised – but his future remains very much up in the air. To that end, reports suggest a potential January exit may still be on the cards.

However, yet another avenue appears to have been shut off after this revelation about Sporting Lisbon.

And Ronaldo was once again in the news over the weekend, this time after snubbing Neville in the build-up to Sunday’s game against West Ham. While warming up at Old Trafford, Ronaldo came over and warmly embraced former teammate Louis Saha. He also shook the hand of fellow Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp.

But Neville was completely blanked, though both Sky Sports and Neville himself were quick to make a joke of it.

Rio Ferdinand explains reasons behind Ronaldo, Neville feud

Discussing the anger that exists from Ronaldo towards Neville, fellow pundit and former teammate Ferdinand has shed light on the tensions.

And it seems Neville’s claim that United may be better off without Ronaldo is the reason behind the feud.

Neville has since tried to apologise to Ronaldo by reaching out to the 37-year-old. However, Ronaldo is refusing to take his calls, with Ferdinand picking up the tale.

“I don’t think Cristiano is taking that call [if Neville calls him]. Knowing Cristiano it’s gone, isn’t it? You’ve said what you said and believe what you believe,” the former England defender told his Vibe with Five YouTube channel.

“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 you later’ and then gone. Just a little jab in there.

“They would have [crossed paths], [Neville] would have gone to the gantry straightaway. You’re not going to go and search out someone when you’re preparing for a game. I see why people are saying he didn’t need to do that but from a player’s perspective, no player is happy when a pundit is criticising them.”

Neville snub was pre-meditated

Ferdinand also believes that Ronaldo’s decision to snub Neville in front of the cameras was ‘pre-meditated’. Furthermore, he suggests Ronaldo was making a very public point to Neville in the process.

And Ferdinand admits that is a course of action he may well have done too in Ronaldo’s shoes.

Ferdinand went to explain that constructive criticism is absolute fine and a big part of being a professional footballer.

However, it’s suggested that Neville’s comments went too far by claiming United should part ways with the Portuguese veteran.

Ronaldo’s future, though, is likely to remain a very public talking point ahead of the January window.

That opens in just 61 days and speculation is likely to persist over his future until then.

The veteran star has just three goals to his name this season from 14 appearances. Only eight of those have been starts, however.

Ten Hag, however, has regularly insisted that Ronaldo remains part of his plans, even indicating he can become a fixture in the side once again.

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