- Cristiano Ronaldo has explained the reason he left Manchester United
- The Portuguese said he wants to conquer more grounds
- Ronaldo, 32, currently holds the all-time highest goalscorer in Champions League history with 109 goals
Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed why he left Manchester United to join Spanish giants Real Madrid.
The forward met up with former United teammate Rio Ferdinand in Madrid to explain why he departed the club that transformed him from a shy 18-year-old to one of the greatest and most prolific goal poacher of all time.
Ronaldo spent an illustrious six years at Old Trafford where he won every major domestic honour in English football, winning the FA Cup in his first season, three successive Premier League titles and a Champions League medal and he also received Ballon d’Or and Fifa World Player of the Year nominations at just 23.
The Portuguese international made a then world-record breaking £80m move to Real Madrid after scoring 118 goals in all competitions in 292 appearances. He said: “I just thought in my mind I want to go there to show my level, to show that I’m a different player and that’s what I did,”
“I arrived and I had a fantastic first season and then I have improved every season.”
Since his arrival at the Bernabeu he has gotten stronger with every season, breaking record after record after record as he became the only player to reach 30 league goals in six consecutive La Liga seasons, as well as scoring a record 32 league hat-tricks.
Ronaldo has been highly decorated with Madrid as well, winning the Champions League three times, including a historic La Decima title and having won La Liga twice, becoming Real Madrid’s all-time top scorer in the process with 411 goals, scoring 1.03 per 90 minutes played.
But despite his explosive success with the Spanish giants, the striker has always remained grateful to the Old Trafford fans and Alex Ferguson that had faith in him during his Red Devil days, He said: “I will never forget the Red Devils. I learnt to be better and better, being around the best players in the world,”
When his interviewee, Ferdinand, asked what he would be doing in 10 years’ time, the 32-year-old joked that he may well follow in the career path of his former teammate who just made the career switch from retired footballer to professional boxer.
He added: “10 years? No, in 10 years it will be tough. Maybe I will be a boxer like you!
“The most important thing is to win trophies. We work 10, 11 months and if you win nothing you feel empty and I like to win trophies – as a collective and as an individual, because I work hard for that.
“Outside the pitch, it’s to have my family and my friends and to try to be the most happy person in the world.”
Ronaldo’s most prolific season with Madrid came in the 2014-15 term, where he scored 61 total goals and a record-tying eight hat-tricks.
The Portuguese striker currently holds the record for the all-time highest goalscorer in Champions League history (109 goals) but has failed to score in La Liga this season as Madrid sit fifth-placed.
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