Cristiano Ronaldo has accused his former teammate, Gary Neville of using him to boost his own profile.
The claims come within the Portuguese’s bombshell interview with Piers Morgan in which he took aim at Manchester United, the club’s coach Erik ten Hag, Ralf Rangnick, and many others.
Ronaldo recently blanked his former team-mate pitchside at Old Trafford as a result of the Sky pundit’s supposed criticism of him.
In a fresh clip of the interview released on Monday evening, Ronaldo accused his former team-mate of criticizing him only to boost his own fame before declaring him and Wayne Rooney not friends of his.
Neville and Rooney have both criticized the Portuguese in recent weeks for his increasingly petulant behaviour as well as his refusal to come on against Tottenham last month.
Ronaldo told Morgan: ‘To listen as ex-colleagues or team-mates criticize you, when they only see one point of view. It’s easy.
Cristiano says he is surprised by the criticism of his colleagues
‘It’s easy to criticize, I don’t know if you have a job in television that they must criticize to be more famous. I really don’t understand it.
‘It’s hard when you see people who were in the dressing room with you criticizing that way.’
Morgan questioned Ronaldo on whether Neville’s criticism came from a place in which he felt he could boost his own name by doing such.
‘I think they take advantage of that because they are not stupid,’ Ronaldo said. ‘I’m the No 1 followed guy in the world. It’s not by coincidence.’
The new excerpts of the interview come amid speculation that Ronaldo’s future at Manchester United is over after his agent Jorge Mendes, met with Bayern Munich last week over a possible transfer.
In the previous excerpts, Ronaldo also expressed his anger at being criticized by former team-mate and strike partner Rooney.
‘Me too (I’m surprised about this). Piers, I don’t understand. You should ask the questions to him,’ he said. ‘I don’t know. I don’t know why he criticized me so badly.
‘Probably (it’s jealously). Probably – because he finished his career in his 30s. I’m still playing at a high level; I’m not going to say that I’m looking better than him, which is true.
‘It’s hard to listen to that sort of criticism and negativity from people who play with you, for example Gary Neville as well.
‘People can have their own opinion but they don’t know what is going inside the training ground at Carrington – or even my life. They shouldn’t listen to one point of view they should listen to my point of view as well, because it’s easy to criticize when you don’t know the whole story,’ he went on to say.
‘They are not my friends, they are colleagues. We play together, they’re not coming, and we’re not ever having dinner together.’