Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo has described Roy Keane as the ‘best’ captain ever and hails ‘very good’ Rio Ferdinand.
Ronaldo may have endured widespread criticism from fans, football pundits, and ex-teammates but none has come from Ferdinand and Keane.
Jamie Carragher has regularly questioned Manchester United’s decision to re-sign Ronaldo, who’s in the twilight of his career, when they looked like they were moving forward with young players under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but Keane would always defend the Portuguese star, claiming Ronaldo’s duty is to score goals.
The likes of Wayne Rooney and Gary Neville have regularly told Manchester United to offload Ronaldo because he’s no longer the player he once was, with the former claiming that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has distractions United don’t want.
However, Rio Ferdinand has advised the Red Devils against selling the 37-year-old striker because he guarantees every team he plays for 20 goals per season, just like he did last season when he scored 24 goals in all competitions.
Speaking about the duo, Ronaldo told Piers Morgan: “As I mentioned many times, Roy Keane for me was my best captain ever. Rio Ferdinand helped me a lot. He was my neighbour, I was his neighbour. So very, very good guys.
“Not just because they speak good about me, but they were there in the dressing room. Tare football players. They know how players think and behave, etc.”
The Portugal skipper also suggested that the two Englishmen criticise him because they want to be more famous.
“No, they are not my friends,” Ronaldo added. “It’s easy to criticise. I don’t know if they must criticise to be more famous.”