Former Manchester United and current Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed the players and manager who helped him improve his game during his stay at Old Trafford.
The Portuguese star is arguably the best player in the world judging by the number of trophies and individual awards he has won since he became a professional footballer 15 years ago.
Though his football journey started in his homeland where he played for the Portuguese side Sporting CP, his breakthrough was at the Theatre of Dreams.
The 34-year-old star led the Red Devils to Champions League triumph in 2008 and he equally lifted the Premier League trophy on three occasions.
Reflecting on his time at Old Trafford, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner told French Football that playing alongside top players like Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Rio Ferdinand helped him improve his game.
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“I used my brain. If you’ve got a little intelligence, you look and take an example from those who are doing things better than you.
“That’s what I did when I was in Manchester with Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Rio Ferdinand… if you don’t learn from guys like that, you’re an imbecile.”
He equally praised United’s legendary manager Alex Ferguson for his great influence on his career as he learned so much from the former Scottish tactician.
“Sir Alex Ferguson also taught me a lot, and I realized I had the potential to score, not only dribble and pass. I started to think of being a complete player without any weakness. I could score with my right foot, my left foot and my head. I’m strong and I’m quick.” he said.
Ronaldo has scored 701 career goals so far and he’s not showing any sign of being tired of scoring goals for Juventus.