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‘He just got a call that Newcastle is ready for him’: Roy Keane jokes about Cristiano Ronaldo’s reaction

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‘He just got a call that Newcastle is ready for him’: Roy Keane jokes about Cristiano Ronaldo’s shocked reaction to Portugal goalkeeper Diogo Costa’s mistake against Ghana

Roy Keane joked that Cristiano Ronaldo’s shocked expression in Portugal’s win against Ghana was due to the star hearing Newcastle want to sign him.

Ronaldo is a free agent following his acrimonious departure from Manchester United and there has been much speculation about his future, including suggestions that Newcastle could be interested.

Manchester United legend Keane couldn’t help but joke about the situation.

Roy Keane has joked about Cristiano Ronaldo’s shocked reaction in Portugal’s win against Ghana

Keane said on ITV Sport: ‘Look at Ronaldo’s face, my goodness. Honestly, he just got a call that Newcastle is ready for him.’

Ronaldo, sitting on the bench after his substitution, was actually reacting to a mistake by Portugal goalkeeper Diogo Costa which, luckily for his side, turned out to be inexpensive.

Costa put the ball down, unaware that Ghana’s Inaki Williams was behind him. Williams eventually slipped and his attempt was cleared off the line.

Portugal came out 3–2 winners, with Ronaldo opening the scoring from the penalty spot in the 65th minute.

Keane joked that Ronaldo's reaction was due to him being told Newcastle are interested

Keane joked that Ronaldo’s reaction was due to him being told Newcastle are interested

Andre Ayew equalized for Ghana, but goals from Joao Felix and Rafael Leao put Portugal in the lead. Osman Bukhari got a goal back late for Ghana, before Williams missed late.

Despite being currently without a club, Ronaldo remains a hugely important player for Portugal.

Following his goal against Ghana, the 37-year-old became the only player to score in five World Cups.

Ronaldo actually reacted to a mistake by Portuguese goalkeeper Diogo Costa

Ronaldo actually reacted to a mistake by Portuguese goalkeeper Diogo Costa

Ronaldo’s departure from United was officially confirmed on Tuesday, but he will wait until after the World Cup to make a decision on his future.

It was a frustrating first half of the season for Ronaldo, who fell out of favor with United under Erik ten Hag.

Ronaldo was heavily critical of United, ten Hag and the club owners the Glazers during an interview with Piers Morgan.

Ronaldo said about Ten Hag: ‘I have no respect for him [Ten Hag] because he shows no respect for me.

“Some people don’t want me here – not just the coach, but the other two or three guys. Not only this year, but also last year.

Ghana's Inaki Williams was unable to capitalize on the mistake as he slipped

Ghana’s Inaki Williams was unable to capitalize on the mistake as he slipped

“To be honest, I shouldn’t say that. But listen, I don’t care. People must listen to the truth. Yes, I feel betrayed.’

Ronaldo added that nothing has changed at United since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure.

“Since Sir Alex Ferguson left I saw no evolution at the club, progress was zero,” he said.

‘Nothing has changed. Not just the pool, the jacuzzi, even the gym. They stopped on time, which surprised me a lot.

“I think the fans should know the truth. I want the best for the club. But you have some things inside [the club] that doesn’t help to reach the top level like City, Liverpool and even now Arsenal.’

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