Published On: Wed, Oct 30th, 2019

Cristiano Ronaldo: Juventus star names four Man Utd inspirations – despite fighting one | Football | Sport

Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted he was inspired by Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Rio Ferdinand during his time at Old Trafford.

The Juventus star spent six years with the Red Devils between 2003 and 2009, winning three Premier League titles as well as the Champions League in 2008 along the way.

Ronaldo touched down at Manchester United 16 years ago as a replacement for David Beckham and took a while to get going.

Now, the Portugal international has opened up on how he was inspired by Giggs, Scholes, Ferdinand and Van Nistelrooy when he first joined.

“By using my brain,” the Juventus striker told France Football when asked how he changed his game.

“If you’ve got a little intelligence, you look and take example from those who are doing things better than you.

“That’s what I did when I was in Manchester with Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Rio Ferdinand.

“If you don’t learn from guys like that, you’re an imbecile.

“The goal isn’t to imitate but to take aspects from those who are the best and adapt it to your own personality. That’s what I did. I had some talent and I watched them.”

Ronaldo naming Van Nistelrooy as an inspiration is curious, given the duo once had a fight.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s friend, Alastair Campbell, opened up on the incident a few years ago by saying: “The United manager was not sure what was going to happen with Ruud van Nistelrooy.

“Very self-centred. The last straw was when he told Cristiano Ronaldo he had found a new dad in [assistant coach] Carlos [Queiroz} – just after Ronaldo’s dad, who was an alcoholic, had died.

“Carlos asked him to show respect and he said he didn’t respect anyone there.

“He later apologised but CR was not having it.

“Alex sent van Nistelrooy home when he heard about it later. He was not sure what he was going to do with him.”

Ronaldo and Van Nistelrooy came to blows on the training pitch but it appears the former harbours no grudge with the Dutchman.

Meanwhile, Ronaldo also lavished praise on Ferguson for helping him adjust to life at the club.

“Sir Alex Ferguson also taught me a lot,” he said.

“And I realised I had the potential to score, not only dribble and pass.

“I started to think of being a complete player without any weakness. I could score with my right foot, my left foot and my head. I’m strong and I’m quick.

“If you have this and a real ethic and a good lifestyle, you can still do it at 34-and-a-half years old.”

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