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Ronaldo rejects respect jibe
03 Apr 2008 - 09:04:50
Cristiano Ronaldo claims he is not 'taking the mickey' after AS Roma midfielder David Pizarro launched a verbal attack on the Manchester United winger.
Speaking after United's 2-0 Champions League quarter-final first-leg victory over the Italian side on Tuesday, Pizarro accused the wideman of making a mockery of opponents.
Pizarro also accused the Portugal international of having a "big head".
However, Ronaldo is adamant that he has full respect for all of his opponents and has rejected claims of needless show-boating.
"I've not been taking the mickey or playing the fool with anybody," he said.
"On the field I respect my adversary. If someone thinks my moves are mockery then they are wrong.
"If I've a certain attitude it's simply because I have always had it and will continue to do that.
"I play for the team and not to show off."
Meanwhile, the freescoring winger has backed the Red Devils to win this year's Champions League.
He added: "It is something I want to do.
"The manager has said United should have won it more than twice. I think the same. This is a fantastic club with great players.
"We have the experience. We have the team. We have a great chance because we are in such a good position."