Talking about his former club Manchester United, Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo revealed that he still loved the club and wishes to be back at Old Trafford ‘one day’.
Despite aching for a move to Madrid in his younger days and completing the transfer back in 2009, Ronaldo always maintained that he loved Manchester United and has not closed the door yet on returning to Old Trafford.
“I love Manchester. Everyone knows that — I have said it many times. Manchester is in my heart. I left many good friends there, the supporters are amazing and I wish I can come back one day.”
Though the Portuguese winger admitted that he has 4 more years with the Spanish giants, he revealed that he cannot predict where he will end his career. Talking about Manchester United’s current position, the former Old Trafford favourite believes that the club will bounce back from what he called a ‘bad phase’.
“I am happy here in Real Madrid and have four more years, but in the future you never know because they treated me unbelievably there.”
“I really did love being at Manchester United. Believe me, they will be a good team again, I’m sure of it. It is a great club.”
“This can happen. Bad moments and good moments. Manchester is passing through a bad moment. Last year it was a horrible season and this year they haven’t started well, either.”
Ronaldo’s confidence in United springs from the players they have signed this summer and he believes that former teammate Angel Di Maria and Colombian striker Radamel Falcao are excellent additions to the squad at Old Trafford.
“But I do think they did well to buy Di Maria and Falcao. I think the team will be much better. I want to see them better because it is such a fantastic club and they deserve to be better.”
“Falcao is a very good signing. He is a very good player. I don’t think Falcao is the wrong type of player for them. He is a top player, so I don’t think it is a wrong buy. He will be a fantastic buy. Manchester have not started well, two points in three games, so they need quality players and Falcao is a quality player. And Di Maria, too.”
Talking about his own career after coming back from a successful year that saw him win the Balon d’Or, Champions League and then the European Player of the Year award, Ronaldo believes that he is under a lot of pressure to perform year after year.
“When you are nominated for the best player in Europe, the Ballon d’Or, playing in the Champions League, there is so much pressure. You don’t know what will happen. This pressure is inside you — you always have it.”
“But really, the last year was just fantastic. Now the best player in Europe as well, that was fantastic for me. I had an opportunity to say thank you to my team-mates because without them individual awards are not possible.”
“My ambition now is to do the same stuff as last year, win the most important trophies, collectively and individually. I always want to do better than the year before.”