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‘He would sometimes take a bag of balls and continue training alone on another pitch’ – Silvestre on Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘desire’ after Manchester United transfer

Former Manchester United star Mikael Silvestre has claimed Cristiano Ronaldo was “addicted to his desire” to become the best player in the world after leaving Sporting.

Silvestre, who shared the dressing room with the Portuguese for five years, revealed his young team-mate worked overtime after training to hone his skills.

The Portugal international first joined Manchester United in 2003, securing a €19million transfer from Sporting. Between 2003 and 2009, the striker scored 118 times and provided 68 assists, winning three Premier Leagues, a Champions League and an FA Cup. He also won the Ballon d’Or in 2008, beating Lionel Messi and Fernando Torres for the prize.

Cristiano Ronaldo has the most international goals, Champions League goals, goals in football history while having the most Champions League trophies, 5 Ballon D’ors, league titles and boots gold in 3 countries. GOAT status should not be debated

Silvestre, who included the 37-year-old in his list of great teammates, revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo’s desire to be the best was there even on his United debut. Speaking to FourFourTwo, the former left-back said:



“Cristiano was extremely skilled, excellent in the air and also super quick, with and without the ball. After joining United from Sporting, he became addicted to his desire to become the best player in the world – he gradually grew in this state of mind.

“After practice, he sometimes took a bag of balls and continued to practice on his own on another court, to improve his game. What is incredible with him is that he was able to play regularly at the highest level since joining United in 2003.”

Here are Silvestre XI’s greatest teammates in full:

Edwin van der Sar; Lilian Thuram, Jaap Stam, Marcel Desailly, Javier Zanetti; Roy Keane, Paul Scholes, Zinedine Zidane; Cristiano Ronaldo, Ronaldo, Thierry Henry

Manchester United ace Cristiano Ronaldo leads his country to Nations League victory



After starting the 1-1 draw (June 2) with Spain on the bench, Cristiano Ronaldo was deemed fit enough to start against Switzerland on Sunday (June 5). Portugal needed a win in their second Group A2 fixture and the Madeira man delivered.

Ronaldo was involved in the builder’s play, kept the opposition on their toes with his movement off the ball and scored a brilliant brace in a 4-0 victory.

Cristiano Ronaldo with two goals for Portugal tonight to make it 117 international career goals. 🤯His mum was in tears after he scored. 🥺❤️

The Manchester United No.7 scored the opening goal in the 35th minute, converting an unselfish cut from Diogo Jota.

Four minutes later he struck again, this time returning the rebound after Diego Jota netted a save from Swiss keeper Gregor Kobel. With the double, Ronaldo took his international goals tally to 117, with 100 being non-penalty goals.

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