‘Blasphemy!’ – Rio Ferdinand slams Cristiano Ronaldo criticism a ‘disgrace’

Rio Ferdinand certainly has Cristiano Ronaldo’s back (Picture: Getty)

Rio Ferdinand has launched a passionate defence of Cristiano Ronaldo amid criticism he doesn’t work hard enough for Manchester United.

The Portuguese star has netted seven goals for the Red Devils since his return to the club in the summer, including a stunning volley in the 3-0 win over Tottenham last time out.

United’s stars came in for plenty of criticism for their lack of pressing and laziness in the 5-0 defeat to rivals Liverpool prior to that though with Ronaldo no exception.

The 36-year-old has never been regarded as a player known for his pressing but he makes up for it by scoring a ridiculous amount of goals for his team.

And that’s exactly what United legend Ferdinand believes, hitting out at those criticising the forward’s work ethic.

‘I’ve heard some talk and the only way I can explain it, is it’s blasphemy, when I heard some people talking about Ronaldo’s the reason why Man United aren’t going to be a success,’ Ferdinand said on his Vibe with FIVE YouTube channel.

‘Ronaldo turning up at Man United and yeah it’s great but he’s going to be the reason why they don’t do anything.

‘Listen, I’ve been seeing too much of it, don’t talk like that. Please, it’s a disgrace, absolute disrespect.

Cristiano Ronaldo has seven goals to his name this season (Picture: Visionhaus/Getty Images)

‘A player that’s done what he’s done in the game, a superstar at any generation, he’ll be one of the best players in any generation you can think about, and even again he just told people at the weekend what he’s about here… pressure’s on he scores.

‘To think that because he doesn’t press, because he doesn’t run as much as other people… that’s not what he’s there for.

‘You play to people’s strengths sometimes, you can do that when you’ve got a superstar in your team sometimes for certain clubs.’

Ferdinand also brought in other world class strikers such as Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku to the conversation, stating nobody criticises them when they aren’t pressing defenders to win the ball back.

‘When you look at Lukaku, [Robert] Lewandowski, Karim Benzema… are they players, some of the best goalscorers of this generation… are they players that you look at and go “he doesn’t half work hard, he doesn’t half press the opposition.

‘”Harry Kane, he’s a great presser of the opposition isn’t he…” but we’re all talking about them like they’re great players.

‘No one is questioning their work rate, their pressing ability.

‘Let’s have it right, it’s got to be the same for someone like Ronaldo. It’s the bigger picture at United, the structure of the team, it was other things.’

Ronaldo will hope to add to his tally against Atalanta in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

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