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Ferdinand claims Ronaldo instigated peace talks with Rooney after infamous 2006 clash

Arjun Singh Devgan
Rooney and Ronaldo argue at the 2006 World Cup
Rooney and Ronaldo argue at the 2006 World Cup / VOLKER HARTMANN/GettyImages

Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand has opened up on the infamous clash that took place between his former team-mates, Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney during the 2006 World Cup which was held in Germany.

Rooney was sent off in the 61st minute during a clash between England and Portugal where Ronaldo and his Portugal team-mates surrounded the referee following a stamp on Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho.

England went on to lose the quarter-final 3-1 in a penalty shootout and Ferdinand has revealed that Ronaldo had sought out Rooney to clear the air so that it did not affect their relationship at club level.

“It was on the coach, immediately afterwards. Wazza was hot in the changing rooms and I think a few people got him and said ‘it’s not how you might think it is, it's not like that’," Ferdinand said on Vibe with Five YouTube channel.

“Then we got onto the coaches, I think Cristiano pulled me and said ‘Ri, can you go and get Wayne, I just want to talk to him and tell him I didn’t mean anything, there’s no animosity or malice in what I’ve done – we’re both on the same team, I would never do that, he’s my boy, my guy’.

“So I went and got Wazza and said ‘listen, Cris wants to talk to you’, so I got him off the coach and put them together but from that point on I didn’t say anything. I don’t know if I squashed it, they did that themselves but I was the one who got them together," he added.

It seemed like the pair did clear the air over the incident as they led United to the Premier League title that season, with each of them scoring 23 goals to finish as the club’s joint top scorers.