Despite being considered one of the most egotistical players in world football, Cristiano Ronaldo was “one of the lads” during his time at Manchester United, according to Rio Ferdinand.
Ronaldo left Old Trafford for Real Madrid in 2009, winning two La Liga titles, three Champions Leagues and four Ballon d’Or’s in the Spanish capital.
And despite Madrid legend Jorge Valdano recently telling reporters that the 32-year old’s biggest motivator is his ego, Ferdinand has rubbished the claims in an interview with Ball Street.
The ex-England skipper was reminiscing about the United side which pipped Chelsea to the Champions League trophy in 2008, when he added that Ronaldo was “one of the lads” and didn’t have an ego in the dressing room:
Rio Ferdinand on THAT Man United team that won the Champions League in 2008.
"When it was time to get serious, that squad got serious."
— Ball Street (@BallStreet) December 14, 2017
Could Ronaldo’s team spirit at United be put down to having a strong old-school manager like Sir Alex Ferguson?
Or has the Portuguese international simply become more selfish as a team-mate since leaving the Premier League?