‘We need players who run’: Vincent Kompany’s hilarious response when asked if he’d take Cristiano Ronaldo at Burnley

Vincent Kompany, manager of Burnley with Manchester United legend Cristiano Ronaldo inset
(Image credit: BBC Sport)

Burnley manager Vincent Kompany has delivered a stunning put-down of Cristiano Ronaldo, hours after the Portuguese legend had his contract terminated by Manchester United.

Ronaldo notoriously gave an interview with Piers Morgan recently to tell the world how he felt "betrayed" by his employers and went into the World Cup with an uncertain future hanging over him. Days before Portugal's opener against Ghana, the club reached a mutual termination of his contract with immediate effect. 

The drama was discussed in the studio by Gary Lineker and the BBC pundits during France's fixture against Australia when Vincent Kompany made a quip about the 37-year-old. 

Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal poses during the official FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 portrait session on November 19, 2022 in Doha, Qatar.

The build-up to the World Cup has been dominated by talk of Cristiano Ronaldo's future, following his infamous interview with Piers Morgan over his second  (Image credit: Lars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

"It is a sad end to his Manchester United career," Alan Shearer lamented. "He has got his wish, it is what he did the interview for. It was inevitable it was going to happen after that. 

"I think it will be really interesting if a Champions League club comes in for him. Maybe Man United are not that disappointed either as it was never going to be a match between Ten Hag and him."

Kompany, who is now managing Burnley in the Championship, came up against CR7 in the Manchester Derby when the pair were on opposite sides of the city. 

"I think in the end everyone loses except perhaps the Manchester United manager," the Belgian added. "I think it is a problem that is now resolved and they will now move on from this."

Vincent Kompany, Manager of Burnley gives a post match interview during the Sky Bet Championship between Watford and Burnley at Vicarage Road on August 12, 2022 in Watford, England.

Vincent Kompany is fulfilling punditry duties for the BBC during the 2022 World Cup (Image credit: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Lineker couldn't resist touting the Portuguese's services to another club in the northwest – but Kompany was quick to throw water over the proposal.

"We need players who can run," the City legend responded to Lineker asking if he'd take the forward at Turf Moor.

Burnley are top of the Championship having lost just twice all season in Kompany's first season in charge. 

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