Rio Ferdinand responds to Ronaldo comments on Manchester United teammates

SoccerBy Colm Hayes
Ferdinand and Ronaldo have words during a 2013 Champions League tie
Ferdinand and Ronaldo have words during a 2013 Champions League tie

The ex-United centre back reckons that Cristiano Ronaldo couldn’t deal with the stick he received over his dress sense.

Rio Ferdinand believes that former Manchester United teammate Ronaldo didn’t get on with some of the club’s players due to them taking the mick over the Portuguese star’s clothes.

The pundit was speaking in the wake of Ronaldo’s comments regarding Ferdinand, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs.

"When I was at Manchester winning the Champions League, with some players like [Ryan] Giggs, [Rio] Ferdinand and [Paul] Scholes our discussions were limited to 'good morning' and 'good night'," the Real Madrid forward told reporters ahead of his side’s Champions League clash against Roma.

"But when we were on the pitch together there was total understanding.

"I don’t need to go out for dinner with [Karim] Benzema or [Gareth] Bale. What counts is what happens on the pitch," he added after being questioned on his seemingly cool relationship with the other two parts of the Galacticos’ fearsome attacking trident.

Ferdinand is of the opinion that Ronaldo couldn’t handle the banter that occurred in the Old Trafford changing rooms.

"He's gone off me!" the former United defender said on BT Sport’s Champions League coverage on Tuesday night.

"He used to live next door to me. Unbelievable."

The pundit also joked that Ronaldo might not have appreciated his culinary efforts, while stating that the striker didn't understand the slagging that went on between United teammates.

"I actually used to take the mick out of him in the changing rooms, I think he's got the hump. He used to come in in tight jeans and we used to murder him. He didn't get it."