What Manchester United players said to Sir Alex Ferguson about Cristiano Ronaldo’s move.
In August, Manchester United signed Cristiano Ronaldo for the second time.
Cristiano Ronaldo joined Manchester United for the second time last month, returning to Old Trafford after a 12-year absence. The 36-year-old has had a remarkable career and has established himself as one of football’s top names.
Ronaldo was first signed by United in 2003 following a standout performance for Sporting Lisbon in a friendly match against the Red Devils.
Sporting drew 3-1 thanks to the forward’s dominance over John O’Shea.
Sir Alex Ferguson, United’s renowned manager, said that his first-team members pleaded with him to recruit Ronaldo as soon as possible.
Ferguson remarked at the time, “The players in the dressing room talked about him continuously after we played Sporting last week.”
“And they begged me to sign him on the plane back from the game – that’s how highly they regarded him.
“He’s one of the most exciting young players I’ve ever seen,” says the coach.
Between 2007 and 2009, Ronaldo was a phenomenon at Old Trafford, helping United win three Premier League titles in a row.
During the 2007/08 season, he won the Premier League Golden Boot for his 31 league goals, which helped United defeat Chelsea to the title.
In 2008, he also helped the Red Devils win the Champions League and the Club World Cup.
At the end of the calendar year, he earned his first Ballon d’Or award.
Rio Ferdinand, who played in United’s friendly against Sporting, has expressed his admiration for Ronaldo’s performance.
In 2018, Ferdinand claimed, “We were on the bus afterwards waiting for chief executive David Gill and the boss Alex Ferguson.”
“All we wanted was for them to sign Ronaldo. He was our player in a week.”
Ronaldo eventually left United in 2009 for a lucrative transfer to Real Madrid.
During his stay in Spain, the striker helped Real win four Champions League titles and three Club World Cups.
At Real Madrid, he earned four additional Ballon d’Ors and found international triumph as Portugal won the Euro 2016 title.
In 2018, Ronaldo joined Juventus and helped the Turin club win back-to-back Serie A titles.
Last season, he was the leading scorer in Serie A, but he couldn’t stop Inter Milan from ending Juve’s remarkable run. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”