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Ex-Man Utd striker admits Cristiano Ronaldo is from a ‘different world’

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Federico Macheda, who was once dubbed the ‘next Ronaldo’, has shared his views on his former teammate’s work ethic.

Cristiano Ronaldo is from a ‘different world’, according to his ex-Manchester United teammate Federico Macheda.

The former Italy Under-21 international trained and played alongside a young Ronaldo during his first spell at United for two seasons from 2007 to 2009.

Speaking to Rio Ferdinand on the Vibe with Five podcast, Macheda opened up on his experience in sharing the dressing room with Ronaldo and what he felt made the star stand out.

“I would say that Ronaldo was the one [player at United] who was out of a different world,” Macheda said.

“This is the kind of player you have to look into because as I have said before about myself of not wanting more, this guy had everything, won everything, and still wanted more. I remember him going from the gym after training to swimming for one hour.

“I was there in the jacuzzi with other players after training, which is normal, and he was just swimming for one hour – up and down, up and down. Back then I should have had this view, this mentality to think: ‘I should do the same probably, look at this guy’.

“If I was to go back then I would look into this guy as an example and follow every little step that he was making because he was something unbelievable.”

The forward rose to stardom by scoring a debut winner against Aston Villa in the Premier League. But his career didn’t quite pan out the way many had expected. A string of loan spells in Italy, Germany, and England followed before he left United for Cardiff City in 2014.

Now 31 years of age, Macheda plays in Turkey for Ankaragucu after joining the Turkish club from Greek side Panathinaikos on a free transfer in July.