Ryan Giggs Reflects On Cristiano Ronaldo
Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has paid tribute to Cristiano Ronaldo’s time at the club saying he went from diver to being the most important player on the team.
Ronaldo, the former Real Madrid star now with Juventus, burst onto the scene at Old Trafford back in 2003 after being signed from Sporting Lisbon. And Giggs, who played and scored in that 4-0 win, recalls how he never envisioned the superstar Ronaldo would become, Talk Sport reports.
“You could never see him being one of the greatest goal scorers ever, you just couldn’t,” Giggs told beIN Sports.
“In his first game against Bolton he delighted the crowd and then it was a little bit of a dip really, a little bit of frustration.
“When to pass the ball, when not to, too many dribbles, a bit of diving – it was a tough start for him at United.”
As Ronaldo adapted to the demands of the Premier League, he eventually settled and scored 66 times in his final three seasons, including a stunning 31 in the 2007/08 campaign, winning the league three times.
The 34-year-old recently scored his 700th career goal for club and country, reaching the milestone for Portugal and becoming just the sixth footballer to do so.
Giggs, who played alongside Ronaldo for six seasons, said he has been impressed with how his former team-mate has continuously evolved since leaving United in 2009.
“He has evolved his game from being out wide, beating players and frustrating centre forwards with all his step overs to someone who is just so effective.
“I watched him a couple of years ago at the Champions League final when it was Real Madrid against Juventus and I had not seen him live for a couple of years and he very rarely get involved with the build-up but when it’s in and around the box he comes alive.
“He gets on the ball, his quick feet and every finish he has got – right foot, left foot, headers, tap-ins, penalties, free-kicks. When you can do that on a consistent basis like he does, he has got to be considered one of the greatest ever.”