Rooney claims Ronaldo got 'got what he wanted' out of Man Utd
Wayne Rooney acknowledges that Cristiano Ronaldo achieved his objective when he left Manchester United, but still regards him as a legendary figure at the club
In November 2022, Cristiano Ronaldo left Manchester United after making controversial statements in an interview, in which he criticized certain individuals related to the club. Rooney acknowledges that Ronaldo, who is now playing for Al-Nassr in Saudi Arabia, had intentionally created the situation and ultimately got what he wanted, resulting in United having to terminate his contract and move on.
Rooney, who is United’s all-time leading goalscorer, has told CNN of seeingRonaldo
manufacture a move away from Old Trafford:
“I suppose he got what he wanted. For Manchester United, it was important to move on as quick as possible from that and really refocus on the group of players who were there and wanted to be there. And I think that’s where [Erik] ten Hag has done a really good job in refocusing the players and getting them in a position where they are, obviously, comfortably in the top four, and also winning the [Carabao] Cup.”
Some people have claimed that Ronaldo's behavior during his second stint at Manchester United has damaged his reputation among the club's fans. However, Rooney disagrees and maintains that Ronaldo is still revered as a legend in Manchester.
“No, I think what he’s done for Manchester United is great. And he’s won Premier League titles, won the Champions League, scored many goals. So I think certainly for the fans and certainly for the players, his former team-mates who played with him from my time especially, we’ll never forget what he did for Manchester United. Because in my eyes, he’ll always be a club legend and it’s a shame the way it ended of course this time round. But I don’t think that takes anything away from his legacy at the club.”
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