CRISTIANO RONALDO showed ‘respect’ to Manchester City by deliberately not stepping on his badge at the weekend.
The Portuguese striker was an unused substitute as Manchester United were defeated 6-3 by their neighbors at the Etihad.
In video footage that has surfaced since the game, keen-eyed social media users have noted that Ronaldo deliberately did everything he could not to step on a City badge on the ground inside the stadium.
The 37-year-old’s horde of loyal online fans were keen to point this out, believing it showed the veteran’s class.
One wrote: “I’m sure if Ronaldo stepped on the Man City badge you wouldn’t hear the ending.”
A second tweeted: “Ronaldo didn’t step on the City badge yesterday. He went right next to it. A man of respect.
However, others saw the funny side, with one posting a screenshot of Ronaldo’s foot touching the badge’s rim and commenting: “VAR CHECK…
“Ronaldo was sent off and banned for 3 games for stepping on the Man City badge.”
Another added wildly: “Nice of him avoiding the pitch (sic)”
Ronaldo spent the duration of the game on the bench and looked frustrated as five other substitutions came on ahead of him.
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Coach Erik ten Hag justified his decision after the game by saying that it was made out of “respect”.
The Dutchman said: “I wouldn’t take him out of respect for Cristiano – because of his great career.”
However, Sky Sports pundit Roy Keane didn’t believe that explanation and criticized United for ‘disrespecting’ his former team-mate.
Since the game, it has emerged that Man United “won’t stand in the way” of Ronaldo if he can seal a transfer exit in January.
Keane claims CR7 had “five” options over the summer only for United to block potential moves.
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