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Man Utd players did not expect Ronaldo to succeed

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Eddie Johnson has revealed that Man Utd players grew frustrated with Cristiano Ronaldo.

Cristiano Ronaldo joined Real Madrid from Manchester United after becoming the then most expensive signing. The Portuguese established himself as one of the best players in the Premier League during his stint at Old Trafford.

But Ronaldo’s former teammate Eddie Johnson has claimed that while the number-7 did show signs of brilliance, he was not expected to make quite a glistening career during his early days.

“No one actually thought he’d get to the heights he’s got to now,” Johnson said as per Planet Football.

“Everyone knew he was a talent and he could change games and he was exciting to watch. But Ruud van Nistelrooy got very frustrated with him in terms of making runs into the box and Ronaldo would like to take the full-back on three or four times.

“I think they were all questioning his game management and his delivery into the box. Ruud was used to David Beckham crossing or Ryan Giggs crossing and he’d get on the end of it all day long.

“Ronaldo just enjoyed the show side of it to start with. And I don’t think anyone thought he’d go on to achieve what he’s achieved now.

“But he still had that desire to improve and be a pro. You could see he had that desire and that work ethic, it was already instilled in him. He was just young and full of energy and skill and talent.”