In a book published by former Manchester United captain Roy Keane, it was revealed he knew how good Cristiano Ronaldo was going to be in the future.
Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane played together with Cristiano Ronaldo almost two decades ago.
And he knew right away the Portuguese player was going to be a star.
“I liked the lad straightaway. He had a nice presence about him, and a good attitude,” Keane wrote according to talkSPORT.
“What impressed me most was that he’d been given the option of staying in Lisbon for another year, on loan, but he said no; he’d come over to Manchester straightaway. I thought it was a good, brave decision – because he was only seventeen.”
The ex-captain added: “After the first few days, watching him train, my reaction was, ‘This lad is going to be one of the world’s greatest players.’ I didn’t say it publicly, because I’d always be wary of building a player up too early – or knocking him down.”
“He looked like a player. You have to look the part, and he did. [Zinedine] Zidane looked like a player – and Ronaldo looked like a player. The shape, the body language – they were there. A bit of arrogance, too.”
“But he’d a nice way about him; he was very likable. We forget that he was very heavily criticized when he first came on the scene,” he said.
“He was going down too quickly when tackled, his final product wasn’t good enough. But – again – he was only seventeen, a kid. I was playing youth football for Rockmount, in Cork, at that age.”
“He was amazing. He was immediately one of the hardest-working players at United. Most of the players I knew worked hard, but Ronaldo had the talent on top of the work rate,” Keane concluded.
.@Cristiano has dazzled us for years.
He scores career goal No. 700 👏 pic.twitter.com/xPzOWHARyz
— ESPN (@espn) October 14, 2019