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Patrice Evra calls out Jamie Carragher for ‘hatred’ of Cristiano Ronaldo after scoring 801st goal

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Patrice Evra calls out Jamie Carragher for ‘hatred’ of Cristiano Ronaldo as he insists he must ‘stay in line’ after the Man United star made history by scoring his 801st goal of his career in Arsenal’s victory











Patrice Evra has berated Jamie Carragher for his criticism of Cristiano Ronaldo, urging him to ‘stay in line’ after Ronaldo’s record-breaking 801st goal in a 3-2 win against Arsenal on Thursday.

Former Liverpool defender Carragher was embroiled in a furious feud with Red Devils icon Roy Keane last week, insisting the 36-year-old is ‘not the player he was’.

But after scoring twice in the win against the Gunners – including the winner from the penalty spot – Evra proclaimed Carragher’s ‘hatred’ for Ronaldo, while Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry praise the Portuguese attacker.

Patrice Evra has berated Jamie Carragher for ‘hatred’ of Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo

The Portuguese forward scored his 800th and 801st goals in a 3-2 win against Arsenal

The Portuguese forward scored his 800th and 801st goals in a 3-2 win against Arsenal

He said: ‘There is a lot of talk about this player and I really don’t understand. A player like Jamie Carragher, he played 737 games, today Cristiano scored 801 goals. And people like that talk about Cristiano.

“Sometimes I just think people should stay in their line and I don’t understand that hate. Sometimes people wake up and want to talk about Cristiano Ronaldo.’

Shearer interrupted: ‘You have to put that into perspective, by the way. 801 goals. 801! bonkers. We (Henry and I) might have reached that milestone if we had our training goals!”

Ronaldo’s first made it 2-1, sweeping a Marcus Rashford cross into the bottom corner the first time.

Martin Odegaard equalized two minutes later, but the 36-year-old had the final say and kept his composure from the penalty spot to break the ball through the middle and secure the win.

Henry added: “We would need two lives (to eclipse Ronaldo’s record). If I come back, maybe I will. This is ridiculous. Wow.’

Former Newcastle striker Shearer continued: ‘Can you remember when one in two was a good stat? You just have to sit back and go wow and applaud the guy for his determination. Over the years it is very difficult to get to the top, but staying there is more difficult.

Roy Keane (left) and Carragher (right) previously debated Cristiano Ronaldo's role at the club

Roy Keane (left) and Carragher (right) previously debated Cristiano Ronaldo’s role at the club

“Your drive, he’s rich, the injuries you take, the blows you have to take, getting up in the morning and going again. The world is looking to you to perform, week after week, for years. To perform at the level he is at, to score the goals he is scoring is unbelievable.”

Keane and Carragher had previously exploded into a screaming match when they debated Ronaldo’s role after the United star started on the bench against Chelsea.

United made the surprising decision to leave their superstar out of the starting XI as they held Chelsea to a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.

Ronaldo came on as a 64th-minute substitute, but showed frustration after squeezing his way into the referee’s book for a yellow card and going straight through the tunnel as soon as the final whistle sounded.

Liverpool icon Carragher insisted the Portuguese international, now 36, 'isn't the player he was'

Liverpool icon Carragher insisted the Portuguese international, now 36, ‘isn’t the player he was’

Carragher continued to say Ronaldo's omission from the team at age 36 shouldn't be 'big news' but United legend Keane wondered why Ronaldo didn't start in a big game against Chelsea

Carragher continued to say Ronaldo’s omission from the team at age 36 shouldn’t be ‘big news’ but United legend Keane wondered why Ronaldo didn’t start in a big game against Chelsea

After the match, Roy Keane wondered why Ronaldo stayed on the bench, although fellow pundit Jamie Carragher said it shouldn’t be a ‘big story’.

Carragher said after the game on Sky Sports: “Ronaldo is not the player he was, he is clearly still performing in terms of goals. But it shouldn’t be such a big story. Cristiano Ronaldo doesn’t start every game or come out sometimes.

In response, Keane said: ‘Not every game Jamie, but this is Chelsea, this is a big game for Manchester United… he’s played 800 games in his career. You still think that if you want the ball to fall on anyone in world football, even at 36 years old, it’s Ronaldo.”

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