Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo: I won’t celebrate against Man United
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo insists he won't celebrate if the forward scores against Manchester United in their last-16 tie
Cristiano Ronaldo has insisted he will not celebrate if their Real Madrid forward scores against Manchester United in the Champions League last-16 tie in February.
The 27-year-old will face the the Red Devils for the first time since completing a £80m move to Real Madrid in June 2009.
“I won’t celebrate if I score against United”, was Ronaldo’s response upon learning that Madrid will face his former side in the second round of the Champions League.
The Portuguese forward was delighted that he will be returning to Old Trafford, where he is still looked upon as a hero, and where his name is still sung.
A few months ago, Ronaldo, who scored 118 goals in 292 appearances for United, admitted he missed his time in England.
“I still speak with Ferguson,” he said. “I miss him a lot, and I miss Manchester United. I felt very good there, it was like a family. I had six great years there and am still friends with my team-mates. It is thanks to Manchester United that I am here playing for Real Madrid. Without them, I wouldn’t be the player I am today.”
His former team-mate Rio Ferdinand also expressed delight at the draw and the prospect of a reunion, tweeting: “see you soon, bro”
Ronaldo’s crowning moment with Sir Alex Ferguson’s side was the 2007-08 season, when he won the Premier League, the Champions League and the Ballon d’Or.
In that season he came up against his first club Sporting Lisbon in the group stages of the Champions League, and he did not celebrate either of the two goals he scored against them, and even apologised to the home fans after scoring the winning goal in the Estadio Jose Alvalade.
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