CRISTIANO RONALDO has hailed Roy Keane as a “good guy” as he named him as his favourite captain.
The Portuguese star caused shockwaves as he hit out at Manchester United for “betraying” him and making him feel like a “black sheep” as well as blaming him for everything going wrong at Old Trafford.
Roy Keane has fiercely defended Cristiano Ronaldo on numerous occasionsCredit: Getty
Watch ‘Piers Morgan Uncensored: 90 Minutes with Ronaldo’ on Wednesday and Thursday at 8pm on TalkTVCredit: TalkTV
The striker, 37, revealed he does not respect manager Erik ten Hag and blasted the club’s lack of progress since Sir Alex Ferguson left in 2013.
The full ‘Piers Morgan Uncensored: 90 Minutes with Ronaldo’ will air on Wednesday and Thursday at 8pm on TalkTV.
And during the interview he was asked about the criticisms he faces from former team-mates Wayne Rooney and Gary Neville as well as about the support fellow ex-colleagues Roy Keane and Rio Ferdinand give him.
When asked about his old captain Keane and Ferdinand, Ronaldo said: “It means a lot because they… I was in the dressing room with them. They are part of my journey in football as well.
“As I mentioned many times, Roy Keane for me was my best captain ever.
“Rio Ferdinand helped me a lot. He was my neighbour, I was his neighbour. So very, very good guys.
“Not just because they speak good about me, but they were there in the dressing room.
“They are football players. They know how players think and behave, etc.”
Rooney blasted Ronaldo’s recent behaviour as “unacceptable” last week, to which Ronaldo responded by saying: “Piers, I don’t understand. You should ask this question to him.
“But I don’t know, I don’t know why he criticise me so bad, I don’t believe that he’s jealous of me.
“Surprisingly, it was one year ago, or six months ago. We’re here in my house, he picked up his kids here and he invited Cristiano to go to his house to play football.
“I don’t- I really don’t understand people like that.”
When asked by Piers if it was jealousy, Ronaldo replied: “Probably, because he finished his career in his 30s.
“So I’m still playing high level. I’m not gonna say that I’m looking better than him. Which is true, but…”
Ronaldo added: “It’s hard to listen that kind of criticism and negative about people who play with you, for example, Gary Neville, as well.
“People can have his own opinion, but they don’t really know what’s going on.
“For example, inside the training ground and Carrington area or even my life-they should listen not only to one point of view, they have to listen my point of view as well.
“Because it’s easy to criticise. But if you don’t know the whole story, it’s easy, you know.
“They are not my friends, they are colleagues. We play together, they’re not coming, we’re not ever having dinner together, for example.
“But as I told you, Piers, before, it’s part of my journey, they keep criticising me negatively every time.
“So I follow. I continue my trip. And I have to catch up the people who like me.”
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