Cristiano Ronaldo: ‘Manchester United was a huge education for me’

by Ben Topliss

Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed what it was like to train with the likes of Gary Neville and Paul Scholes at Manchester United.

Ronaldo began his career at Sporting Lisbon before moving to Man United in 2003.

The Portuguese went on to become one of the best players in the world and eventually switched to Real Madrid in 2009.

Ronaldo admitted that the experience he gained at United played a big part in his development as both a footballer and a person.

“Manchester United was a huge education for me,” Ronaldo said.

“(Being at United) taught me to train hard all the time. To eat properly, sleep good, recovery sessions, everything. You have to dedicate yourself 100%.

“There were guys who always arrived for training one hour early. Paul Scholes and Gary Neville were incredible examples. Neville was the most professional player I saw.

“This is why these guys played in the top level for 10 years. People like Giggsy (Ryan Giggs). I learnt from them. I would go to training early, too. I would do exercise, strength, abdominals, many things. That example from the older players, I took it.”

Ronaldo clearly has bags of talent but it is his work ethic that has made him stand out. The forward is willing to put in the extra work behind the scenes in his journey to be the best. The hope for United supporters is that they see Ronaldo back in a red shirt at Old Trafford someday.

You may also like