Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United are doing well again in sporting terms. But before the match against West Ham, CR7 is once again causing a stir.
ManUnited legend Gary Neville has joined an elite club – of which he probably never wanted to be a member.
The 47-year-old, who won the Champions League twice and the English championship 12 times with the Red Devils, was deliberately ignored by superstar Cristiano Ronaldo on the sidelines as a TV pundit before the match between Manchester and West Ham United.
The same fate befell him as Jamie Carragher, who was ignored by Ronaldo before United’s clash with Liverpool in August.
The obvious difference: Carragher is a club icon from Manchester’s arch-rivals Liverpool, while Neville even played alongside Ronaldo at Man United in his first years on the island.
Cristiano Ronaldo ignores Gary Neville
However, that did not stop CR7 from making it abundantly clear what he thought of his ex-colleagues recent criticism of the Portuguese’s behavior.
After Ronaldo’s refusal to come on as a substitute, including leaving the area early against Tottenham, Neville had said, among other things, that the only thing United and CR7 could do now was to “get together in the next week or so and end the relationship”.
While Ronaldo greeted and chatted briefly with fellow TV pundits Louis Saha, with whom he had also once played, and Jamie Redknapp before warming up, he only glanced once in Neville’s direction before running off towards the pitch.
Neville took the unwanted special treatment with humor. “I don’t get a Christmas card anymore, do I?” the former right-back joked.
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Carragher, who was also spurned by Ronaldo, did not miss the opportunity to tease Neville via Twitter afterward.
“Welcome to the ‘Ignored by Ronaldo’ club, Gary Neville,” wrote the long-serving Liverpool professional, who played for no other club in his entire career – before once again sharing videos of both scenes with his followers.
In sporting terms, Ronaldo has more arguments on his side: on Thursday he scored a goal in a 3-0 win over Sheriff Tiraspol in the Europa League, and on Sunday he was again in the starting eleven in a 1-0 win over West Ham.