Cristiano Ronaldo pranked his ex-teammate turned pundit when he poured water on his suede shoes at the Saint Mary’s Stadium yesterday. Manchester United grabbed a difficult 1-0 win against Southampton, but Ronaldo’s dugout prank on the former teammate also made the day.
Rio Ferdinand was the main protagonist of pranks and naughty mischief in his days at Manchester United. However, on Saturday, August 27, the reverse was the case with Cristiano Ronaldo turning into a naughty prankster while the retired English defender was at the receiving end.
Manchester United grabbed their second Premier League win, laboring to a narrow 1-0 win over a wasteful Southampton at Saint Mary’s. Still, Cristiano Ronaldo’s prank scene with Rio Ferdinand made headlines. Ronaldo had yanked the spectators into a somewhat bizarre scene of humor when he poured water on Rio Ferdinand’s suede shoes and ran away.
Ronaldo bumped into the stands where Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes, and Peter Crouch were reporting for BT Sport. He greeted them and then wetted Rio Ferdinand’s shoes before taking to his heels.
Ferdinand was obviously shocked at the incident but laughed it off, saying, “not on my suedes, bro.”
Scholes, Crouch, and Jamie Carragher equally take a grin as the drama unfolded. Ronaldo had already picked on his heels while warming up on the touchlines for the match.
The future of Cristiano Ronaldo was a subject of discussion among the reporters on the stand. Ronaldo’s Manchester United’s future, under Erik Ten Hag, will continue to make headlines until September 1, when the transfer window closes.
Erik Ten Hag grabbed a big win against Southampton at Saint Mary’s Stadium. Bruno Fernandes’s second-half strike ensured the Red Devils ran away with all three points despite playing second fiddle to their wasteful hosts throughout the game.
Ronaldo started from the bench for the second time this season. He came on late into the game and had a minimal impact. This has sparked speculations on the future of the 37-year-old with few days left for the transfer window to close.
Manchester United’s game against Southampton may be Ronaldo’s last appearance for the club after Ten Hag has boldly made a statement with his squad selection in the previous two matches.
The five times Ballon d’Or winner may be numbering his days at the club. Being reduced to cameo appearances off the bench might be the very undoing of his football career.
Ronaldo started against Brighton in the Premier League match opener, and the Red Devils suffered a tragic loss at Old Trafford. The Seagulls defeated them 2-1 at Old Trafford, breaking almost a century-old record.
Ronaldo was also on the starting lineup against Brentford. The team was battered 4-0 at the Gtech Community Stadium.
Ten Hag benched Ronaldo and Maguire in the last two matches and have gotten results, making some fans call out on the duo to be shown the exit door.
Ronaldo may likely exit the Old Trafford club this summer, but his destination is still unclear. No club has submitted a bid for the player, and he is keen on playing Champions League football which Manchester United can not offer him this summer.
Despite the speculations and the uncertainties surrounding his Man United future, including his seemingly endangered career after being benched for the second time in a row, the Portuguese star doused a bit of tension and pulled a stunning prank on former teammate Rio Ferdinand at Saint Mary’s Stadium which is a good way to say “all is well”.