Steven Gerrard outlined his hatred for the da Silva p***** while on international duty with their former Manchester United teammate Wayne Rooney.
That’s according to ex-Old Trafford favourite Rafael, who shared a Premier League career with his twin brother Fabio as they now prepare to bring their colourful story to life.
Over a decade on from breaking into the first-team picture with United, both men continue to play with FC Nantes (France) and Basaksehir (Turkey) respectively.
‘The Sunshine Kids’ were no strangers to ruffling feathers during their time in the Premier League.
It was a tendency that ensured they were, generally, popular figures on the red half of Manchester, if not down the M62 in Liverpool.
Rafael played 170 times for United in all competitions, before leaving in 2015 – 12 months after his twin brother made a permanent move to Cardiff City, incidentally under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, on the back of 56 matches.
Despite winning several trophies between them, including four Premier League titles, the da Silva twins are fondly remembered for wearing their hearts on their sleeves – even if that inadvertently caused Liverpool great Gerrard to share a six-letter ‘revelation’ with his one-time England teammate.
According to Rafael, though, the feeling was very much mutual.
Speaking to The Athletic about the release of the da Silva’s joint-autobiography, he said: “Wayne Rooney told us that Steven Gerrard hated us.
“He said that Gerrard told him on international duty; ‘Those twins, they are p*****’.
“We never did anything to him [Gerrard], but we wear a different shade of red. I guess that’s all it takes. And to be honest, I understood what he meant. The feeling was mutual.”
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