Rio Ferdinand has responded to claims made by Cristiano Ronaldo that he had no friends at Manchester United.
The Real Madrid ace reacted angrily to questions from journalists about the close bond between Barcelona trio Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar compared to his relationship with Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema at the Bernabeu, ahead of his side's Champions League showdown against Roma.
"I am going to tell you something," replied the Portuguese superstar in a press conference on Tuesday. 'When I was at United, I didn't speak [off the pitch] to [Ryan] Giggs, [Paul] Scholes and [Rio] Ferdinand apart from the normal 'good morning' but we won the Champions League.
"We talked on the pitch and that is all that mattered. Does it matter that I don't go out for dinner with Benzema or that Bale does not come around my house? It is not important. This thing about the little meals, the little hugs, the little kisses. To me that doesn't mean anything."
Ferdinand, working as a pundit for BT Sport, was given the chance to respond to the claims made by Ronaldo, and insists his former team-mate was getting a little carried away.
"He's gone off me! He used to live next door to me. Unbelievable!" he joked. "I actually used to take the mick out of him in the changing rooms, I think he's got the hump. He used to come in in tight jeans and we used to murder him. He didn't get it."
Ronaldo and his Real Madrid team-mates will re-start their search for an 11th European crown when they go up against Roma tonight, and Ferdinand believes that the 31-year-old's reaction to questions about Barcelona simply shows his desire to win.
"That just shows the emotion he's got in him and the desire to win and the desire to get back on top," Ferdinand explained. "At the moment everyone's talking about Barcelona and he's not happy with that. And that's his competitive streak coming out."
Ronaldo, who won the Champions League with Manchester United in 2008, spent six years at Old Trafford before joining Real Madrid in a world record £80 million transfer in 2009. In 2014, the winger helped Real Madrid claim a historic 10th European title.
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