Rio Ferdinand has revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo was embarrassed over his shooting ability when he first arrived at Manchester United.
The now global superstar joined Man United in 2003 for a fee of £12.24m, and quickly went on to become a fans’ favourite at Old Trafford, helping the club win numerous honours during his time in England.
Recent rumours have heavily linked the Ballon D’Or winner with a shock move back to United, something that many pundits see as a genuine possibility this summer. Ferdinand has shed some light on Ronaldo’s time at the club and insisted things weren’t always rosy for the Portuguese.
“Ronaldo didn’t have a great shot when he came. He had a powerful shot but it went everywhere. He used to go out after, he was embarrassed,” Ferdinand said.
“He used to have a bag of balls and went to a pitch right over the other side so he could hide behind the trees. ‘Ronnie, where you going man? ‘ ‘I’m just going over there’. ‘What’s wrong with you?’
“But after a few months it was ‘where is Ronnie going?’ ‘Oh, he does shooting, does step-overs, he used to put these mad weights on his feet and do these step-overs. ‘Are you mad, what are you doing?’ Until he started bamboozling people and then you get to that stage where he’s flying with Man United but it ain’t enough.
“He wants to be the best, he ain’t getting the ball and doing all these mad tricks all the time, he wants efficiency, he wants goals, assists, that’s all he cared about. It’s about bettering yourself.”
Ronaldo’s incredible dedication to improving his game is no secret amongst United fans, who have been told time and time again by Sir Alex Ferguson of the effort and determination he put into his training in order to become one of the world’s best.
As usual, many United fans will be wondering whether they will ever see Ronaldo grace the turf of Old Trafford again. Rumours have been rife in the press lately linking the 30-year-old with a sensational move back home.
While a return would no doubt be a huge coup for the club, many fans have suggested that Ronaldo’s best years are behind him, and the United hierarchy would be better off investing their time in securing younger targets, with players such as Antoine Griezmann potentially of interest to Louis van Gaal. However, there is no doubting that Ronaldo’s return would considerably boost United’s chances of silverware both continentally and domestically.