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Rooney bemused by Ronaldo criticism but feels no animosity towards him

Wayne Rooney is bemused by the criticism levelled at him by former Manchester United team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo, Sky Sports Newsunderstands.

In a bombshell interview with TalkTV, published by The Sun, Ronaldo took aim at former United colleague Rooney after he warned the Portuguese forward last week that he is becoming an "unwanted distraction" at Old Trafford.

Asked about Rooney's criticism, Ronaldo said: "I don't understand, you should ask this question to him. I don't know why he criticised me so bad.

Asked if it is jealously, he added: "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 kind of criticism and negativity from people who played with you, for example Gary Neville as well.

"People can have their own opinion but they don't really know what's going on inside the training ground at Carrington or even my life. They should listen to not only one point of view, they have to listen to my point of view as well. It's easy to criticise but if you don't know the whole story, it's easy.

"They are not my friends.

"It's easy to criticise, I don't know if they have a job in television that they must criticise to be more famous. I really don't understand it.

It is understood England's all-time leading goal scorer has always maintained that Ronaldo is one of the two best players in the world - alongside Lionel Messi.

But he also feels that the 37-year-old needs to accept he is in the latter stages of his career, and being a player at a club the size of Manchester United, means respecting the situation and not expecting to play every minute of every game.

Sky Sports News has been told that Rooney feels no animosity towards Ronaldo.

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