Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo left the pre-match press conference for the Champions League tie with AS Roma in between when asked a question about Barcelona’s trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.
The Portuguese star, along with Real manager Zinedine Zidane, was facing the questions of the media ahead of the game at Stadio Olimpico.
He took an exception to one of the questions which suggested that the Barcelona stars share a better off-field chemistry among themselves than himself, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema.
In his response, Ronaldo claimed that he barely spoke with Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand also during his time at Manchester United and it’s his chemistry with his teammates on the pitch which ultimately matters.
One of the reporters asked: “It’s been suggested that Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema don’t get on off the pitch, in contrast to Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar. Is that a problem?”
Ronaldo replied: “That’s what you say. If that’s what you read or, write… When I was at Manchester United with [Paul] Scholes, [Ryan] Giggs and [Rio] Ferdinand we only said ‘good morning’ and ‘good night’ and we were formidable on the pitch.
“We don’t give each other kisses and hugs. I don’t have to go to dinner with Bale or Benzema or invite them to my house. What’s important is our understanding on the pitch.
“Little meals or kisses and hugs don’t mean anything.
“Do I feel appreciated? Yes, of course, absolutely. How could it not be so? I always play, I’ve scored a few goals, and I’m at the best club in the world.
“Why have I struggled to score away from home? Can you name one player who has scored more away from home than me since I’ve been in Spain?
“No, you can’t, there aren’t any. Bye everyone.”
After replying to the reporters, Ronaldo stormed off the conference leaving Zinedine Zidane alone to face the questions of the press.
— BT Sport Football (@btsportfootball) 17 februari 2016
In response to Ronaldo’s comments, former Manchester United skipper Rio Ferdinand has said that he used to take the mick out Ronaldo when he was with the Red Devils.
Ferdinand said on BT Sport: “He’s gone off me! He used to live next door to me. Unbelievable! He didn’t like my cooking. 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.”
— BT Sport Football (@btsportfootball) 16 februari 2016
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