Sir Alex Ferguson convinced Ronaldo to stay at Old Trafford for one more season after he led United to win the UEFA Champions League crown at the end of the 2008/09 campaign.
A year later the forward moved to Real Madrid for a then world record transfer fee of £80 million and, according to Nani, the former Sporting man wasn’t shy about talking about the move.
“We would stay at the end of training to do competitions and they [Anderson and Ronaldo] were my teammates, everyone has best friends or some they feel more comfortable with and they were my support,” Nani told the official United podcast, UTD.
Nani added, “Some days he [Ronaldo] was telling us openly, ‘I’m here six or seven years now, I think it’s enough for me.’ He said that a couple of times. But it was always, ‘I will see, I will see, I will see’ but we never thought it [Real Madrid move] would happen so fast. After we won the league in the second year he left, he produced a great season so we were still surprised.”
Ronaldo, meanwhile, had admitted publicly as early as March 2007 that he wanted to play in Spain ‘one day’ but also said he was still happy at United.
Sir Alex Ferguson tried his best to hold on to the Portuguese maestro who eventually went on to be Real Madrid’s all-time leading scorer while winning four Champions Leagues and four Ballon d’Ors in the Spanish capital.