For calling him ‘fat, old’ Ronaldo at Monday’s Champions League pre-game press conference, former Brazilian striker, Ronaldo aka Luis Nazario de Lima, has expressed hope that Manchester United continue their losing streak.
At the press briefing, United’s manager, Sir Alex Ferguson ranked Cristiano Ronaldo a better all-round player than the Brazilian.
Ronaldo, 36, retired as a player in 2011 after a long series of knee injuries and struggles with his weight, apparently due to a related thyroid problem. He reportedly lost 37 pounds while taking part in a reality show on Brazilian TV last year and is currently working as an ambassador for the 2014 World Cup, which is being hosted by his home country.
Speaking at a publicity event, Ronaldo said that the remarks from Ferguson, 71, had been disrespectful and unexpected from someone with so much experience in the game.
Ronaldo was quoted as saying: “Real Madrid shut his mouth for me. It was a lack of respect. A professional of his age, an English Sir, should not be so disrespectful. It was not classy.”
Ronaldo who declined to be drawn into any further debate on the subject said he would be keeping an eye out for United’s results from now on.
“I have no words for this gentleman, except that I hope the team he manages always loses,” he added.