Cristiano Ronaldo: Man Utd star pranks Rio Ferdinand before Southampton game

Cristiano Ronaldo and Rio Ferdinand at Man Utd

Cristiano Ronaldo is not playing as much as he would want to be at the moment.

The Portuguese forward returned to United’s pre-season late and consequently was only on the bench for their opening game of the season against Brighton.

He was named in the starting lineup against Brentford but failed to make an impact as United lost 4-0.

Ronaldo returned to the bench against Liverpool and was not in the starting lineup once again in the Red Devils’ match against Southampton on Saturday afternoon.

There have been a lot of reports in the past few months that Ronaldo is unhappy at United and wants to leave.

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But he didn’t look like an unhappy man in the warm-up before their match against Southampton.

Ronaldo spotted his former teammate, Rio Ferdinand, who was working as a pundit on BT Sport, on the pitch.

Ronaldo decided he was going to have a little but of fun.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Rio Ferdinand at Man Utd
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – MARCH 19 : Rio Ferdinand of Manchester United congratulates goal scorer Cristiano Ronaldo on scoring the opening goal during the FA Barclays Premiership match between Manchester United and Fulham at Old Trafford on March 19, 2005 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

He picked up a waterbottle and sprayed water at his former teammate’s feet.

Ronaldo then ran away with a beaming smile on his face. Ferdinand was left complaining about his wet suede shoes. Watch the moment below…

Taking to Twitter to reflect on the moment, Ferdinand said: “Not the suede bro!”

Ronaldo is now 37 years old but he’s still very much a kid at heart.

The legendary striker went viral on Monday evening when he blanked Jamie Carragher before the match.

But he did no such thing on Saturday as he enjoyed warm embraces with Ferdinand and Paul Scholes, before shaking the hand of Peter Crouch.

Watch his exchange with the BT Sport pundits below… (end of the video shows another angle of him pranking Ferdinand)

Ronaldo did not take to the pitch in the first half at St Mary’s Stadium.

Neither side broke the deadlock in what was a closely contested opening 45 minutes in Hampshire.

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