Eddie Johnson has revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo gave everyone a hard time during his first training with Man Utd.
Manchester United signed Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer of 2003 for just under €15 million. The fee, although very low by today’s standards, made the Portuguese the most expensive teenager in the history of English football.
Former Manchester United player Eddie Johnson recalled his time at Old Trafford. The Englishman revealed that while his initial impression of the new signing was not very good, Ronaldo quickly managed to overturn it.
“I know he’d given some of the first team a hard time in the friendly just before he signed and people were talking about him,” Johnson said as per Planet Football.
“He appeared at the front entrance at Carrington and I remember seeing him thinking ‘who’s this kid?’ because his gear was terrible. He was in some terrible roll neck and really tight washed-out jeans.
“Someone says that’s Ronaldo, the new signing, then we go out to train,” he continued.
“I was still quite young, but I was training with the first team and we did the 5 v 2 warm-up like we did every day, and he did the most audacious bit of skill and put it through the legs of one of the other young lads.
“He’d confused him that much that he’d crossed his feet together and ended up landing flat on his face. Everyone was looking round going ‘there’s a player here’ so from that day on it was pretty exciting,” Eddie Johnson narrated.