In an interview with former United defender Rio Ferdinand, the Portuguese star has revealed the reason he left Old Trafford for Madrid despite winning it all at Manchester. Ronaldo appeared in 292 games, scoring 118 times for the Mancunian club under then manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
“I just thought in my mind ‘I want to go there to show my level, to show that I’m a different player’ and this is what I did,” said the 4-time Ballon d’Or winner. Ronaldo moved for a staggering £80 million, which was the world record fee back then, as he switched alliances.
Since then, the player has gone on to show his mettle and become one of the world’s best players, inhibiting the greatest rivalry of modern times with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi. Ronaldo lifted three more Champions League honours following to his solitary European title with United, along with several personal trophies too.
Speaking to his friend and former colleague Ferdinand, Ronaldo further admitted that despite improving during every season at Real, he will never forget his time at United. He added: “I arrived, I had a fantastic first season and I improved every season. But I never forget the Red Devils.”
Ronaldo will be hoping to defend both La Liga and the Champions League this season, as he is anticipated to win a 5th Ballon d’Or and be in level with Messi.
Written by Rajdeep Saha
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