Former Manchester United striker Federico Macheda told Vibe with Five of his experience alongside Cristiano Ronaldo.
Federico Macheda signed for Manchester United in 2008 and was present for what was arguably Ronaldo’s best stint in a United shirt.
Now, the Italian has been discussing what it was like to play and train with CR7:
“I would say that Ronaldo was the one who was out of a different world. This is the kind of player you have to look into because as I have said before about myself of not wanting more, this guy had everything, won everything and still wanted more. I remember him going from the gym after training to swimming for one hour,” he said.
“I was there in the jacuzzi with other players after training, which is normal, and he was just swimming for one hour - up and down, up and down. Back then I should have had this view, this mentality to think: ‘I should do the same probably, look at this guy’. If I was to go back then I would look into this guy as an example and follow every little step that he was making because he was something unbelievable.”
Ronaldo has since returned to Manchester but it is fair to say it is not going as well as his first stint.
Manchester United finished 6th last term and Ronaldo spent much of the summer trying to leave the club for one with Champions League football.