DIMITAR BERBATOV has demanded that fellow Manchester United legend Cristiano Ronaldo gets more respect after an incredible season for the star.
The 37-year-old Portuguese legend, who recently tragically lost a child, returned to Old Trafford last summer from Juventus.
Dimitar Berbatov has demanded that Cristiano Ronaldo gets more respectCredit: Getty
The Portuguese legend took his tally to 24 goals for the campaign against BrentfordCredit: Getty
But his comeback failed to inspire the Red Devils to mount a title charge or even a top four finish, with the club looking set to only finish sixth in the Premier League.
Despite a campaign full of turmoil and disappointing setbacks, Ronaldo continues to end it with a flourish on a personal level.
That moved him to 24 for the season, with 18 coming in the top-flight.
And his love for Old Trafford has not faltered, with the forward bagging more home goals than anyone else in the division this term.
Liverpool’s Mo Salah (22) and Tottenham’s Son Heung-Min (19) are currently ahead of him in the race for the Golden Boot.
But no-one else has scored more than Ronaldo in the Prem since the start of 2022.
And despite some fans and pundits believing that the icon has caused problems for United and their tactics this season, his ex-team-mate Berbatov has demanded that the former Real Madrid and Juventus man gets more respect.
The Bulgarian played alongside Ronaldo back in the 2008/09 campaign.
He insists he has not been surprised by the veteran’s impressive stats since his return to United.
And he believes that Ronaldo will continue to produce the goods for the Red Devils for several more years to come.
Speaking to ManUtd.com, Berbatov said: “I just had the pleasure of playing one year with him, which was a short period, but I saw how he prepared himself when he was at United.
“And then I followed him up into his career and it’s not surprising to see him play like this.
“I am sure if he continues taking care of himself, like he is doing now, he can play for another three or four years for sure.
“Yes, time is waiting for no-one and, with time, some of your qualities are getting less but then you need to be smart and adjust your way of playing football.
“You can still be good and Ronaldo is a case of this, 18 goals at 37 years of age, in the best league in the world, come on! You need to show the respect there.”
Ronaldo will be looking to add to his 24 goals when United travel to Brighton on Saturday.
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