AN incredible clip has resurfaced taking Manchester United fans on a trip down memory lane during Cristiano Ronaldo’s humble beginnings.
Ronaldo is now known as one of the greatest footballers of all time having established himself as a United and Real Madrid legend – something that led to five Ballon d’Or awards along the way.
Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo had to come a long way upon joining in 2003Credit: Getty
A clip surfaced of Manchester United great Roy Keane berating Cristiano RonaldoCredit: Reuters
But it wasn’t always like that for the star forward as it was quickly evident that he had a lot to learn upon joining the Red Devils in 2003 from Sporting Lisbon at the age of 18.
An old training clip from the Manchester giants’ glory days has emerged on Twitter showing Sir Alex Ferguson’s squad training during the Portugal captain’s first year with the club.
It shows what an influence legendary team-mates like Roy Keane had on his career as he initially struggled to adjust to English football.
The Portuguese superstar is shown losing his man down the left flank as he failed to track back.
Keane quickly notices his young team-mate being caught off guard and is heard yelling, “Come on Cristiano”.
Ronaldo’s blunder led to a goal and the legendary United captain, who is known for his tough demeanor, was not at all happy.
Keane blasted the Real great as he yelled: “Cristiano, come on!”
The tough love Ronaldo received during his humble years at United has surely paid off as he has been considered the best player in the world this past decade alongside Barcelona great Lionel Messi.
The ex-Juventus star returned to the Red Devils last year and was the team’s saving grace during a disappointing season with 24 goals and three assists in 39 appearances across all competitions.
The versatile attacker has one more year left on his contract and the club hopes he will be around this coming season as new manager Erik ten Hag looks to shake things up.
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