Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has said that he wants Cristiano Ronaldo to crash out of the World Cup.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal could be knocked out tomorrow and Wayne Rooney said that It would be nice to see Portugal not there because, because they have knocked England out in the last two tournaments.
Rooney and Ronaldo were team-mates at Manchester United until the winger’s £80million summer switch to Real Madrid.
They had a spat at the 2006 World Cup when England striker Rooney was sent off in the quarter-final against Portugal, before Ronaldo gave his bench a sleazy wink.
The Portuguese went on to beat the Three Lions on penalties just as they had in the last eight of Euro 2004.
A finals tournament without World Player of the Year Ronaldo – as well as No 2 Lionel Messi, whose Argentina side are also struggling to qualify – would suit Rooney down to the ground.
Rooney will enjoy revenge should Portugal blow it after the lip Ronaldo gave him after England missed out on Euro 2008.
He said that when England did not qualify for Euro 2008, the team received a lot of stick.
He also added that you have banter with your team-mates but it is important not to go too far because it is an important issue.