“He was a showman” – Rio Ferdinand explains how Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo became the best player in the world

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand recently explained how Cristiano Ronaldo managed to become the best player in the world.

Ronaldo is one of the greatest players to ever grace the beautiful game of football. However, his style of play has changed over the course of his career.

The Portuguese arrived at Old Trafford as an amazing teenager known for his impeccable skills. His flashy footwork, stepovers, and other showboating tricks captured the audience’s attention.

However, over time, Ronaldo became more focused on the end product than entertaining the audience. Today he is the all-time leading scorer in international football (117).

Watch Rio Ferdinand talk about Cristiano Ronaldo:

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While speaking to William Hill on the STRIPPED podcast, the former defense attorney had this to say (h/t newsable):

“The Ronaldo that people have seen in the last four, five or six years is not the Ronaldo that came to United. He was a showman. People came to the stadium and said: ‘I came to see how Ronaldo took me from my seat today’ .

“That’s how it was, now at the end of his career it’s like ‘I come to see a moment in the game where he (Ronaldo) decides the game’. Whereas before he could give you five, six, seven, eight, nine or 10 moments in the game because he was just sheer skill.”

Ferdinand was Ronaldo’s team-mate in the five seasons the striker played during his first spell at United from 2003 to 2009. He added how training with Manchester United’s veteran players early in the Portuguese’s career forced the superstar to be more effective. He said:

“He (Ronaldo) could score, he could set one up, but it was just to make someone look stupid, he wanted to embarrass people, he was a joke, man, an incredible player, but he (Ronaldo ) has been trained enough and drilled enough in training by us that it has brought him to a point where he understands that the end product actually overrides everything.

“You can entertain to a certain extent, but you need an end product – and he left us as the best player in the world.”

Can Cristiano Ronaldo add value to Manchester United this season?

Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo
Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo has not played for Manchester United in the last four Premier League games. What’s more, the ex-Real Madrid player has scored just one goal in eight games so far this season.

Despite this, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner remains a player with the ability to turn any game around. He opened his goals record for the season as the Red Devils met Sheriff FC in the UEFA Europa League.

Erik ten Hag will be hoping this is just the beginning of many more to come from the talismatic forward.

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