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Ronaldo laughs off Rooney's Portuguese 'death wish' comment

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London, Oct 10 (ANI): Ace striker Cristiano Ronaldo has laughed off Wayne Rooney's comments that he hopes Portugal do not qualify for the World Cup.

England and Manchester United ace striker Rooney said: "It would be nice if they failed to qualify."

Portugal knocked England out of both Euro 2004 and the 2006 World Cup. But Ronaldo claims his former United teammate was having a joke at his expense.

"Rooney knows he doesn't have good memories of Portugal. Wayne has played against us several times and never won. He said it in jest, I don't believe he said it because he doesn't like us," The Sun quoted Ronaldo, as saying.

Portugal will miss out on the finals in South Africa if they fail to beat Hungary tonight in their penultimate group game and Sweden beat Denmark.

Portugal's final game is against Malta. (ANI)

Story first published: Saturday, October 10, 2009, 13:52 [IST]
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