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

Ex-Manchester United star Mikael Silvestre has claimed Cristiano Ronaldo is “addicted to his desire” to be the best player in the world after joining from Sporting.

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

The Portugal international first joined Manchester United in 2003, securing a €19m move from Sporting. Between 2003 and 2009, the forward scored 118 goals and provided 68 assists, winning three Premier Leagues, one Champions League and one FA Cup. He also won the Ballon d’Or in 2008, beating Lionel Messi and Fernando Torres at the award.

Cristiano Ronaldo has the most international goals, champions league goals, goals in football history while also having the most champions league trophies, 5 Ballon D’ors, league titles and golden shoes in 3 countries. GOAT status should not be discussed

Silvestre, who added the 37-year-old to his list of great team-mates, has shown that Cristiano Ronaldo’s desire to be the best was present from his early days at United. Speaking to FourFourTwo, the former left-back said:



“Cristiano was extremely skilled, super in the air and also super fast, both with and without the ball. After coming to United from Sporting, he became addicted to his desire to be the best player in the world – he’s gradually getting into that mindset grown into it.”

“After training, he would sometimes take a bag of balls and continue training alone on another court to improve his game. What’s amazing about him is that he’s been able to consistently play at the highest level since joining United in 2003.”

Here’s the XI of Silvestre’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



Cristiano Ronaldo, who started on the bench with Spain in the 1-1 draw (2 June) was deemed fit enough to start against Switzerland on Sunday (5 June). Portugal needed a win in Group A2’s second game and the Madeiran delivered.

Ronaldo helped build up the game, kept his opponents on their toes with his off-ball moves and scored a brilliant brace in the 4-0 win.

Cristiano Ronaldo has netted 117 international career goals with two goals for Portugal tonight. 🤯His mother was in tears after he scored. 🥺❤️ https://t.co/eV3P64GF32

The Manchester United No. 7 scored the opening goal in the 35th minute, converting a selfless reverse from Diogo Jota.

He struck again four minutes later, this time converting the rebound after a Diego Jota save against Swiss goalkeeper Gregor Kobel. With the brace, Ronaldo increased his international goal tally to 117, including 100 goals without penalties.

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