Wayne Rooney reveals what he said to Cristiano Ronaldo after England vs Portugal in 2006

English forward Wayne Rooney (R) leaves

The entire four hours of Monday Night Football were just brilliant.

Wayne Rooney joined Jamie Carragher in the Sky Sports studio and, in the hour leading up to the kick-off between Watford and Chelsea, they discussed a whole host of topics and analysed the weekend’s Premier League matches.

After an intriguing hour, the main event took place - and it didn’t disappoint.

Watford thrashed Chelsea 4-1 to put immense pressure on Antonio Conte.

There was plenty from the 90 minutes at Vicarage Road for Rooney and Carragher to digest after the match and they did just that.

But once they had discussed a shocking 90 minutes for Chelsea, attentions turned to Rooney and his incredible career.

The legendary striker was asked about everything - from his favourite goal to his favourite strike partner.

And he was also asked about the infamous clash with Manchester United teammate Cristiano Ronaldo during the 2006 World Cup.

Rooney was sent off in the quarter-final clash after being adjudged to have stamped on Ricardo Carvalho.

And Ronaldo did his very best to ensure Rooney got a red card.

He ran up to the referee to protest and then was seen winking to the Portugal bench after Rooney had received his marching orders.



And, after Rooney was asked about that match 12 years ago, he recalled exactly what he said to Ronaldo in the tunnel after the match - and it was surprisingly understanding.

"It was a weird feeling sat in that dressing room. If we would have gone through, I would have missed the semi-final and the final, but if we went out it was my fault," Rooney said on Monday Night Football.

"I spoke to Ronaldo after the game in the tunnel. I said the press are going to want to make a big thing about us falling out, but I said ‘don’t worry about it, I would have done the same thing. I tried to get him booked for diving in the first half.

"He was my club team-mate, but he was a rival in internationals, so if I could have gotten him sent off, I would."


Certainly not what you’d expect a player to say after they’ve just been controversially sent off in a World Cup quarter-final as their side lost on penalties.

Of course, Rooney might actually have said something a bit stronger than that but, if he’s telling the truth, you’ve got to respect him for his reaction.

But it didn't seem as though there was any trouble between the pair when they returned to Man United for the following Premier League season. They helped the Red Devils win the title by six points, scoring 31 league goals between them.

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