Roberto Garnacho claims Rio Ferdinand’s assertion that Lionel Messi unfollowed Alejandro Garnacho for replicating Cristiano Ronaldo’s celebration “fake” news

Manchester United teenage sensation Alejandro Garnacho has been making headlines with one of the best goals of the season against Everton in a 3-0 victory for the Red Devils in the Premier League on Sunday.

Recently, Roberto Garnacho, the brother of Garnacho, hit out at the former Manchester United defender turned football pundit Rio Ferdinand for his comments on Messi unfollowing Alejandro Garnacho on Instagram, rubbishing the claims.

Roberto Garnacho claims Rio Ferdinand’s statement to be fake

Alejandro Garnacho never shies away from expressing his love for his Portuguese hero Cristiano Ronaldo. After scoring a wonder goal against Everton on Sunday, he imitated Cristiano Ronaldo’s iconic ‘Siu’ celebration, silencing the Goodison Park crowd in their recent league win. He was even praised by the boss, Erik Ten Hag, who also gave him a few tips.

Manchester United icon Rio Ferdinand claimed in a podcast that Lionel Messi unfollowed the Manchester United prodigy on Instagram after learning about his admiration for Cristiano Ronaldo, whom Garnacho perceives as a hero. Garnacho is among the fortunate few players to have played with both the greats, Messi and Ronaldo.

Ferdinand said, “My lad said to me Messi has unfollowed him (Garnacho) because he comes out, don’t care, I’m a Ronaldo man, who is the GOAT? “Ronaldo.” When he is in the Argentina squad.” 

However, Garnacho’s brother, Roberto Garnacho, came out dismissing the claims made by the club legend on Twitter. He retweeted the video clip and wrote, “Fake, Messi never followed him. Stop making stuff up just to create hate. Garnacho loves and admires both of them, and you all are trying to create a rivalry.”


The 19-year-old Madrid-born player’s incredible bicycle goal drew comparisons with Wayne Rooney’s, which he scored in 2011. In the same podcast, Rio was asked which overhead kick goal was better between Garnacho and Rooney, and his response was surprising: ‘That goal is better than Rooney’s.

Rio Ferdinand provides explanation for his remarks

Since the words from the former defender during the talk show have sparked more controversy, they certainly haven’t resonated well with Argentina fans and Garnacho’s brother, who revealed that the eight-time Ballon d’Or winner has never followed his brother on Instagram in the first place. 

Ferdinand did provide an explanation for his earlier remarks, stating that it was more sarcasm. However, Roberto Garnacho instantly clarified that his statement wasn’t intended for Rio Ferdinand in particular; he referred to it generally for all those who are making groundless claims about his brother.

Do you think Alejandro Garnacho will successfully follow Cristiano Ronaldo’s footsteps and create history at Manchester United? Tell us what you think in the comments section.


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