Why I Want To Join Manchester United – C Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted he wanted to join Manchester United after being ‘mesmerized’ by watching them on the television.
The then 18-year-old had started playing professionally at 17 for Sporting Lisbon but immediately starting dreaming of playing for bigger clubs.
In a column in The Players’ Tribune Ronaldo said: “I started dreaming bigger and bigger. I wanted to play for the national team, and I wanted to play for Manchester, because I watched the Premier League on TV all the time.
“I was mesmerized by how fast the game moved and the songs that the crowds would sing. The atmosphere was so moving to me. When I became a player for Manchester, it was a very proud moment for me, but I think it was an even prouder moment for my family.
“At first, winning trophies was very emotional for me. I remember when I won my first Champions League trophy at Manchester, it was an overwhelming feeling.”
And it was those dreams that led Ronaldo away from Old Trafford in 2009 when he signed for La Liga giants Real Madrid.
He explained: “But my dreams kept getting bigger. That’s the point of dreams, right? I had always admired Madrid, and I wanted a new challenge. I wanted to win trophies at Madrid, and break all the records, and become a club legend.”
The Portugal international was linked with a move back to United this summer and while it seemed unlikely at the time it seems even more so now.
Speaking about his future he added: “In the end, of course — my mission is the same as it has always been. I want to continue to break records at Madrid. I want to win the most titles possible. This is just my nature.”