Wayne Rooney is used to being one of football’s most popular figures, both with fans and teammates, as the captain of Manchester United and England’s top scorer.

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While they praise the retiring pro’s abilities, it appears that the Derby County manager has a comedic take on some of his most illustrious teammates.

Nobody avoided the 36-year-jibes old’s when he appeared on stage at an elite black-tie dinner event in Manchester on Saturday night, no matter how outstanding they are on the pitch.

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He joked about playing with Cristiano Ronaldo when asked about it:

 “Cristiano was so good and so f***ing annoying at the same time. He is probably not as good now but he is probably just as annoying.”

Wayne joked about Ronaldo’s tactics during the 2006 World Cup, when he memorably got Wayne sent off, leading to England’s eventual elimination. “He likes diving.”

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He continued: “I had no issue with Cristiano whatsoever. I spoke to him in the tunnel. I said, ‘I have no issue with you getting me sent off’, because I’d spent the first half trying to get him booked for diving.

“I am English, he is Portuguese. When we are playing I do not give a f*** about him. He is not my mate. But when we have finished, we are mates again.”

Rio Ferdinand, a teammate of Wayne’s at Old Trafford, also got a piece of Wayne’s lip.

He told fans, who had paid up to £300 a ticket to hear him speak at the Mercure Hotel: “Rio is a top player, but he is just arrogant.

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“You get paid a lot of money at Man United to kick the ball into the net, so just do it. I said: ‘Do your job, and give me the ball, give Ronaldo the ball. Stop standing there messing about.’ Rio is a top lad but he sometimes did forget he was a defender.”

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