Cristiano Ronaldo revealed that he was close to moving to neighbors Manchester City last summer before Sir Alex Ferguson intervened. Other teams were interested in acquiring Ronaldo from Juventus in 2021, but the 37-year-old followed “his heart” and returned to Manchester United, even though they weren’t initially in the race for him. The five-time winner of the Ballon d’Or also criticized young players, saying they “have it too easy” and “don’t care” about his advice. He did, however, commend the professionalism of his United teammates Diogo Dalot, Lisandro Martinez, and Casimero while referring to Roy Keane as his “greatest ever captain” and the club’s former captain.
“Well, moving to the city was close, to be honest. Guardiola stated two weeks ago that they worked very hard to get me, and they spoke a lot. But as you are aware, I have a history with Manchester United. Your heart is still feeling the same as it did before, and that is what changed things. Naturally, Sir Alex Ferguson is also included. The choice was made consciously because, at that time, the heart screams out loud,” Cristiano Ronaldo said about his potential move to Manchester City. “Speaking with Ferguson, in my opinion, was crucial. Not that Manchester City wasn’t close, in my opinion. But I believe that I made a deliberate choice. I don’t look back and regret it. Additionally, Sir Alex Ferguson was crucial, as you just indicated. I talked to him… It’s impossible for you to visit Manchester City, he told me. And I remarked, “OK, boss.”
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