Wayne Rooney isn’t one to mince things, and he did so again on Saturday night at an elite black-tie dinner event in Manchester.
Rooney spoke on a number of his former Manchester United teammates, beginning with Cristiano Ronaldo.
“At the same time, Cristiano [Ronaldo] was so wonderful and so f***ing obnoxious,” he remarked.
“He’s probably not as good as he used to be, but he’s still bothersome.”
He subsequently criticised Rooney’s tactics at the 2006 World Cup, when he attempted to get him sent off in a quarter-final match between Portugal and England.
“He like diving,” he said.
“Cristiano was never a problem for me.
“In the tunnel, I chatted with him. ‘I have no problem with you having me sent off,’ I answered, since I’d spent the first part of the conversation trying to convince him to sign up for diving.”
Rooney went on to say that the two had always gotten along.
“I’m an Englishman, and he’s a Portugueseman,” he said.
“I don’t give a f*** about him while we’re playing. He is not a friend of mine.
“But when we’re done, we’ll be friends again.”
Sir Alex Ferguson’s answer to Wayne Rooney
Rooney also revealed his parents’ reaction when he was informed at the age of 14 that Sir Alex Ferguson was seeking to sign him.
“When I was 14, Sir Alex Ferguson attempted to sign me,” he stated.
“He was on the phone with my parents.
“‘Alex is on the phone, Manchester United wants to sign you,’ they added. ‘Tell him to f**** off,’ I said. ‘I want to play for Everton,’ says the player.
However, he changed his mind about moving to Old Trafford over time.
“I knew I had to play for Alex Ferguson as time went on,” he remarked.
“Alex Ferguson was the driving force behind my decision to join United.”