Cristiano Ronaldo has confessed that he would not be the player he is without the help of Sir Alex Ferguson and says he won’t celebrate out of respect for his former club should he find the net.
Juventus take on Manchester United tonight in a Champions League homecoming for the 33-year-old.
The Portuguese star made his name at Old Trafford, scoring 118 goals in six seasons before departing for Real Madrid.
And he opened up on the huge impact United’s legendary manager made on his fledgling career.
“It is special for me to return to Manchester,” said Ronaldo, who has scored five goals in 10 matches since joining Juve.
“Here I have many memories of victories and affection and in particular with Sir Alex Ferguson, to whom I send a big hug.
“He is a person who helped me so much.”
Ronaldo was sent off in his first Champions League appearance for his new team.
He missed Juventus’ 3-0 win over Young Boys and is expecting a tough game against Jose Mourinho and co.
“I know it's going to be tough, but I think we have a chance,” he said.
“We have to respect Manchester United because they have a fantastic team, they have an experienced coach, but I expect Juve to win the game.
“It will be a difficult game. Manchester are a good team, they play at home and it will be tough for us. But we have our weapons.”
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