Heather O’Reilly, a standout for the US women’s soccer team, couldn’t help but make fun of Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo.
O’Reilly, 37, has come out from retirement to play for an Irish team Shelbourne, who will compete in the Women’s Champions League in the 2022-2023 season.
The American female footballer, who is the same age as Ronaldo, was compelled to make light of the Portuguese player’s woes in Europe since it seems Ronaldo is so obsessed with the tournament.
In spite of Ronaldo’s sensational comeback to Old Trafford last summer, the Red Devils were unable to secure a place in the Champions League as they struggled to sixth place in the Premier League.
While five-time champion Ronaldo will not participate in the Champions League if he stays at United this season, O’Reilly appeared to be enjoying it.
Taking to her social media account, O’Reilly tweeted “Heading to go play Champions League at age 37 and Ronaldo isn’t”, with a laughing emoji.
O’Reilly’s jab appeared to irk several fans, as they responded on Twitter. “Ronaldo is Ronaldo”, one Twitter user tweeted. “You work at Walmart, Heather, f*g Walmart”.
Insisting that she had merely been joking in her earlier tweet, O’Reilly brushed off the criticism.
“Bro, it was a joke,” she added. “I don’t work at Walmart, but if I did, it would be okay, too”.
Before his retirement at the end of the 2019 season, O’Reilly last competed for the Courage in the National Women Soccer League(NWSL) in the United States.
She was motivated to pick up the sport again and pursue her ambition of competing in the Champions League by former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger after taking part in Soccer Aid this summer.
In the meantime, United and Ronaldo have had a terrible start to the current campaign, losing their first two Premier League games and sitting at the bottom of the standings.
Ronaldo has had a difficult summer as there have been reports that the star attacker wants to leave Old Trafford and join a team that can give him Champions League football.
Ronaldo will not, however, be sold in the final few days of the summer transfer season, according to United.
Recently, the 37-year-old Portuguese football icon accused the media of “spreading lies” in a response to a fan account on Instagram this week.
Ronaldo continued by stating that just five out of every 100 articles written about him were true.
It appears that Ronaldo will provide his account of the raging speculations about him before the transfer window closes, which is in just over two weeks from the time of publishing this report.
In his message, Ronaldo wrote: ‘They know the truth when they interview in a couple weeks. The media spreads fabrications.
‘I have a notebook and in the last few months of the 100 news I made, only 5 were right. Imagine how it is. Stick with that tip.’