Sad footage of Gary Neville translating Cristiano Ronaldo's first English interview resurfaces after bitter handshake snub
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Gary Neville translating Cristiano Ronaldo's first English-speaking interview as a Manchester United player has re-emerged following their apparent falling out this weekend.
Neville publicly criticised his former teammate earlier this month, claiming it was time for United to 'end their relationship' with the five-time Ballon d'Or winner.
Ronaldo reacted by embracing the Sky Sports pundits working on the Red Devils' 1-0 victory over West Ham United on Sunday, apart from Neville, who he ignored.
It was disheartening to see, given the duo's association with one another over the last 19 years. Ronaldo joined United from Sporting CP as an 18-year-old in 2003, when Neville was a senior figure in the dressing room.
Ronaldo was named Man of the Match following a 1-0 victory over Leicester City in April 2004, with Neville scoring the winning goal.
Right-back Neville was asked to speak to Sky Sports but after hearing Ronaldo had won Man of the Match, he decided to get the teenager involved.
"You can speak English, come on," Neville says to Ronaldo off-camera.
The winger attempted to escape the spotlight, which you couldn't say too often nowadays but was brought to the forefront for the first time.
Ronaldo was noticeably nervous and repeated his English wasn't strong. Neville attempted to calm his nerves by telling him exactly what to say before laughing.
He snapped into media mode for the interview to discuss United's chase for the title, inevitably won by Arsenal.
It was Ronaldo's turn to answer questions after that, which were kept short. The future five-time Ballon d'Or winner ironically didn't know what the word 'confident' meant.
Neville praised Ronaldo for managing his first interview well before handing him a bottle of champagne and taking over interview duties again.
Fans have commented on the video and they think it's sad to see how the pair's relationship seems to have changed.
One person said: "Look at the difference between Ronaldo then and Ronaldo now."
Another put: "Gary Neville massively helped Ronaldo when he arrived as an 18 year old kid. He deserves respect."
A third tweeted: "Who else is here after what happened at the weekend?"
While another added: "Now Ronaldo can't even greet him before a game. What a shame."