Former Italian international, Antonio Cassano has told Manchester United superior, Cristiano Ronaldo, that he fears no one, not even the Pope.
Cassano said this while claiming that the Portugal international sent him text messages ‘demanding respect’ after the ex-Italy player criticised the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
Cassano has never been one to hold back when expressing his opinions on footballers and other footballing issues- and the subject of Ronaldo is no exception.
Back in February, he described the Manchester United forward as selfish. “He doesn’t care if others score, he only lives to score himself,” said Cassano. “He doesn’t live for football, he lives for his own goals, it’s clear.”
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He had said that Ronaldo is not even in the top five of the best players in football history after the player’s agent Jorge Mendes said he was the greatest of all time.
Ronaldo was said to have been so upset by Cassano,’s opinion that he sent the former AC Milan star messages demanding respect for what he has achieved in the game.
“Ronaldo wrote me messages,” the former Inter striker said on Christian Vieri’s Twitch channel.
“Cristiano Ronaldo, telling me that I need to have respect for him because of the trophies he’s won and the goals he’s scored.
“I’m not afraid, to tell the truth, I’ll face anyone; from the Pope to the last on this earth.
“I called Buffon and he confirmed that he gave my number to the press officer, who turned it over to Ronaldo so he could tell me he’s scored 750 goals and I only got 150.
“To him, I’d just say: dear Cristiano, you have everything. Be calm and relaxed. Take your example from Messi, he doesn’t give a damn about anything or anyone.
“He sent me a message, honestly it’s the truth. Gigi Buffon knows it well, Gigi laughed about it. Chiellini knows too.
“It made me angry: what are you doing? What is your problem?”
Since leaving Juventus for Manchester United in the summer Ronaldo has scored 12 goals in all competitions for the former Premier League champions.
The Portugal international was, however, voted 6th in this year’s Ballon d’Or awards, coming behind the likes of Karim Benzema, Jorginho, Robert Lewandowski and Lionel Messi.
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