Watch: Rooney responds to Ronaldo calling him ‘jealous’ with Messi dig

Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney celebrating scoring against Manchester City, May 2007.

Former Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has responded to Cristiano Ronaldo’s Instagram post that claimed he’s “too jealous” after the Derby County manager questioned the Portugal international’s impact since his United return on Monday Night Football.

As a studio guest on Monday night’s show, Rooney highlighted how the second Old Trafford spell of his ex-team-mate has been a disappointment and hasn’t gone as many expected.

The Red Devils were expected to challenge Liverpool and Manchester City for the Premier League this season after being boosted by the signing of the great Portuguese.

Instead, United are scrambling to secure a Champions League spot in what has been a campaign to forget for both the club and Ronaldo.

“He’s a goal threat but I think the rest of the game they need more and they need young, hungry players,” Rooney told Jamie Carragher and Sky Sports presenter Dave Jones.

The 37-year-old commented on the opinions of England’s all-time leading goalscorer, replying to an Instagram post by labelling him as simply “too jealous.”

Rooney was asked about Ronaldo’s reaction in a press conference ahead of Derby’s Championship clash with Swansea City this weekend and wasn’t taking the message overly seriously.

“I actually saw that this morning!” Rooney said. “There probably isn’t a football player in the planet that isn’t jealous of Cristiano. The career he’s had, the trophies he’s won, the money he’s earned, the six pack on his body.

“I think every player bar Lionel Messi is probably jealous of Cristiano.”

The two United legends appear to have somewhat of a fractious relationship at the moment – not for the first time after the two famously had a falling out at the 2006 World Cup.

Ronaldo is the club’s leading scorer this term and was the main reason why the Reds advanced through the group stages of the Champions League.

You can perhaps understand why he’s seemingly not best pleased with Rooney, and you can equally appreciate the logic behind the former striker’s assertions.

Rooney probably won’t be on Ronaldo’s Christmas card list this year.

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