Vincent Kompany has "completely bodied" Cristiano Ronaldo after the former Belgium defender was asked if he would sign him for Burnley.
Ronaldo is now available to sign on a free transfer after he left Manchester United with immediate effect on Tuesday evening as a result of his recent bombshell interview with Piers Morgan. The news broke ahead of France's World Cup match against Australia, with Kompany working as a pundit for the BBC's coverage of the fixture.
Discussing the Ronaldo situation, host Gary Lineker asked the Burnley boss if he would “take Ronaldo at Burnley?” to which he replied: “We need players that can run.”
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As well as causing Lineker and fellow pundits Alan Shearer and Didier Drogba to burst out laughing, Kompany's reply has left fans in hysterics on social media.
One fan tweeted: “Nah Kompany is mocking it about Ronaldo.” Another added: “Vincent Kompany just ended Ronaldo.”
A third wrote: “Kompany just violated Ronaldo nahhh.” One more also commented: “Kompany just bodied Ronaldo.”
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Meanwhile, another viewer responded by adding: “Vincent Kompany has absolutely destroyed Ronaldo live on @BBCOne. Fair play.”
Earlier in the discussion, Kompany had explained: “I think in the end, everybody loses, except for perhaps the Manchester United manager. It’s a problem that’s resolved and they’ll move on from this I’m sure.”
United released a statement confirming Ronaldo's departure from Old Trafford after he had criticised the club and admitted he felt "betrayed" by the treatment he had received of late.
The 37-year-old will now need to find a new club if he is to continue playing following the conclusion of the World Cup, with Portugal beginning their campaign against Ghana on Thursday.
However, he will not be arriving at Turf Moor, where Kompany has been in charge since leaving Anderlecht in the summer. He has since lost just two of his 23 matches in the dug out so far this season.
The Clarets are currently three points clear at the top of the Championship and have lost just one of their last 18 matches in the league. They return to action after the end of the group stage, visiting Queens Park Rangers on December 11.
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