Advertiser Disclosure

Rio Ferdinand opens up on key role in convincing Ronaldo of Man United return

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates goal vs Genoa

Ronaldo’s U-turn

The world nearly stood still over the last 24-hours when news broke that Cristiano Ronaldo was on the verge of a return to the Premier League…but to the wrong side of Manchester. For countless, the thought of the Portuguese icon plying his trade at the Etihad was too terrible to contemplate. It certainly was for former club-mate Rio Ferdinand who, upon hearing the rumors, picked up his phone to try to convince Ronaldo to reconsider and opt for a return to Old Trafford.

Rio Ferdinand opens up on key role in convincing Ronaldo of Man United return

MOSCOW – MAY 21: Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League Final match between Manchester United and Chelsea at the Luzhniki Stadium on May 21, 2008 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

It seems to have worked with news that City was no longer in the running, with United the sole club hot on the trail for the Portuguese record-goalscorer in what has now concluded in CR7 entering the final stage of his career on the same pitch where he first was unveiled to the global collective conscious. Ronaldo will be back at the Theatre of Dreams.

What Ferdinand said

When appearing on FIVE‘s video podcast, Ferdinand opened up about his reaction to the news and the role he played in convincing Ronaldo to reconsider.

“Sir Alex Ferguson would have been exactly the same…he would have hated to see Cristiano in a Man City shirt, just like any other person that’s been connected for a long period of time to this football club.”

I rang him straight away… ‘What’s going on? Tell me you’re lying.’ 

Every type of no, no, no in the conversation. I’m like all the fans, I’m exactly the same and we are all the same like that. ‘Please tell me you’re not going there.’

I hope there’s an announcement at some point and it’s one that I would be happy with and so would you [Ste]. I hope.”

It’s safe to say, Rio, and millions of United supporters across the globe got their wish.

 

For more of Rio Ferdinand’s appearance on FIVE’s video podcast, click here.


This article was edited by Ben Browning.

Manchester United betting odds, next game:

Manchester United's latest videos

Solskjaer: "It was about keeping the belief" | Manchester United 3-2 Atalanta | Press Conference
Solskjaer: "It was about keeping the belief" | Manchester United 3-2 Atalanta | Press Conference
Hear Utd manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer field questions from the press after the 3-2…
2021-10-20T22:30:01Z
Solskjaer & Maguire react to comeback win | Manchester United 3-2 Atalanta | UEFA Champions League
Solskjaer & Maguire react to comeback win | Manchester United 3-2 Atalanta | UEFA Champions League
Hear what Reds boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and goalscorer Harry Maguire made of the…
2021-10-20T21:45:48Z

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Chelsea FC 8 13 19
2 Liverpool FC 8 16 18
3 Manchester City 8 13 17
4 Brighton & Hove Albion 8 3 15
5 Tottenham Hotspur 8 -3 15
6 Manchester United 8 6 14
7 West Ham United 8 5 14
8 Everton FC 8 4 14
9 Brentford FC 8 3 12
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 8 0 12
11 Leicester City 8 -1 11
12 Arsenal FC 8 -5 11
13 Aston Villa 8 0 10
14 Crystal Palace 8 -3 8
15 Southampton FC 8 -4 7
16 Watford FC 8 -8 7
17 Leeds United 8 -8 6
18 Burnley FC 8 -8 3
19 Newcastle United 8 -9 3
20 Norwich City 8 -14 2

Premier League 21/22

Topscorers
Disciplinary
Assists
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 7
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 7
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 5
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 5
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 4
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 4
Firmino, Roberto Liverpool FC 4
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 4
Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 4
Greenwood, Mason Manchester United 4
Townsend, Andros Everton FC 3
Ings, Danny Aston Villa 3
Benrahma, Said West Ham United 3
Gray, Demarai Everton FC 3
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 3
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 3
Lukaku, Romelu Chelsea FC 3
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 3
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 3
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 3