Ex Manchester United, Ryan Giggs has hailed Manchester United for playing a huge part in the Portugal international’s development into one of the game’s all-time greats.
According to Giggs, it was not all rosy for the Real Madrid legend when he first joined the Mufc after becoming the most expensive teenager in English football history when he signed from Sporting Lisbon in 2003.
Giggs added that however, even if it was tough at first, Ronaldo had it in him to carve out an amazing career in the end.
He also hailed the way CR7 evolved his game as he got older.
His words, “You could never see him being one of the greatest goal scorers ever, you just couldn’t,”
“In his first game against Bolton he delighted the crowd and then it was a little bit of a dip really, a little bit of frustration.
“When to pass the ball, when not to, too many dribbles, a bit of diving – it was a tough start for him at United.”
“All of a sudden everything just clicked and it was a case of just get the ball to Cristiano. Even in a United side with Tevez, Scholes and Rooney he was the one who could make the difference.
“He was the one who would get you out of difficult situations and become a goalscorer.
“He became a match winner and on the biggest stage.
“All the great players produce at vital moments and he’s done that time and time again whether it be for United, Real Madrid or Juventus.”
“He has evolved his game from being out wide, beating players and frustrating sometimes centre forwards with all his step overs to someone who is just so effective.
“I watched him a couple of years ago at the Champions League final when it was Real Madrid against Juventus and I had not seen him live for a couple of years and he very rarely get involved with the build-up but when it’s in and around the box he comes alive.
“He gets on the ball, his quick feet and every finish he has got – right foot, left foot, headers, tap-ins, penalties, free-kicks and when you can do that on a consistent basis like he does, he has got to be considered one of the greatest ever.”
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