Neville recalls Ronaldo’s brilliant response after his terrible tackle

    Phil Neville recalled a ‘really bad tackle’ he made on Cristiano Ronaldo, who then high-fived and congratulated his old Manchester United teammate.

    Phil Neville, like his older brother Gary, came through the Manchester United youth system and featured prominently for the first-team before leaving in 2005 to join fellow Premier League side Everton.

    The former England international’s arrival in Merseyside, however, wasn’t well-received because of his Red Devils past.

    But one rough challenge three years later on former teammate Ronaldo changed everything in a fiery clash between Everton and United in October 2008 at Goodison Park.

    Ronaldo could be seen coiling in pain on the ground after Neville’s desperate lounge.

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    Rio Ferdinand, Darren Fletcher, and Ryan Giggs were all left incensed and confronted Neville over his challenge. He eventually got a booking as the game ended in a 1-1 draw.

    “They always said I was a Manc,” Neville told the UTD Podcast.

    “The day I tackled Ronaldo, I did a really bad tackle on Ronaldo, was the day they changed their opinion on me because I went against the club they thought I loved.

    “Do you know when you get those moments? You think, ‘I’ve got you here, I can go through you and win the ball’.

    “And I thought, wow, it was like having a tap-in. Then Giggsy and Fletch, two of my mates, and Rio came towards me, effing and blinding.

    “And I’m saying, ‘Guys, I’ve won the ball’. I was walking away and not one Everton player came and helped me.”

    Unlike his teammates, Ronaldo’s reaction towards Neville was class.

    “Ronaldo was absolutely brilliant,” revealed the 43-year-old. “He obviously rolled around, but the ball went up the other end.

    “I was playing right-back and he was left-wing and he just high-fived and winked at me and said, ‘Great tackle, I’d have done the same thing’.

    “It was great and Ronaldo was brilliant.”

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