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Ronaldo: I miss Manchester, and Alex Ferguson’s good moods

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REAL MADRID STAR Cristiano Ronaldo admits he misses former club Manchester United and still enjoys a good relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson.

The winger spent six years at Old Trafford before switching to the Spanish giants for a record fee of 80 million pounds in 2009.

This season has seen the 27-year-old break his own record of 40 goals in La Liga and he clinched the winner in last weekend’s El Clasico, putting Madrid in the driving seat for the title.

However, Ronaldo claims he still chats with former manager Ferguson and admits he misses the company of his old team-mates.

“I speak with Sir Alex sometimes and of course I miss Manchester,” Ronaldo told Zoo magazine.

“It felt like I left a family back there because I spent six years with all those guys and I still have a very good relationship with Ferguson and the rest of the lads.

“I still speak with Rio Ferdinand, Nani, Anderson and Patrice Evra. I still see them as a big family, so of course I miss them.

“I especially miss the apple crumble and custard they served at Carrington after training – it was amazing!”

Asked what he particularly missed about working under Ferguson, Ronaldo joked: “Ha! I miss his good moods all the time! Always happy. Ha ha!

“But he always had a good energy around the players and the team – and I miss that.”

Ronaldo also insists that he has grown as a player since his United days, but recognises his Champions League win with the Red Devils as one of his many highlights as a player.

“I’m enjoying my football so much at the moment and I think I’m much better now than when I was younger,” he said.

“The best moments of my career so far have been when I won the Champions League with Manchester United and when I won my first title here with Real Madrid.

“And when I won the best player in the world, the Golden Boot – those were all special moments for me. Of course, I have many regrets and not just on the pitch, either. But I always try and improve myself.

“When I do something good, I carry on doing that and when I make mistakes I try to change them. I never regret making mistakes because I like to learn from them on and off the pitch.

“Last season I scored 40 goals and now the fans expect me to score more. That’s a lot of pressure but I always try to improve on the last year.”

Speaking about his side’s upcoming Champions League semi-final second leg with Bayern Munich, Ronaldo said he feared the attacking trio of Mario Gomez, Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben would be hard to neutralise.

“I think Gomez, Ribery and Robben, these three forward players are the most difficult players to stop but we have to think about the whole team because they are very strong, they are tall, they are strong players and they have experience in this competition,” Ronaldo said.

“So it will be a very tough game but like I’ve said before we are confident, we are focused for this game.

“I prepare always the same way. Doesn’t matter which team I am going to play against, my focus is always the same. Maybe to play against the biggest teams makes my adrenaline goes up a little bit but it is the same. In my head my mentality is always focused, is always concentrated to do my best.”

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