Current Balon d’Or holder Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed the reason behind his move to Manchester United despite interests from Italian Champions Juventus and a host of top European clubs, per reports.
According to the five-time Balon d’Or winner, he dreamt of playing in the Premier League while growing up and he never thought twice before joining the Red Devils because they are the only Premier League team who showed the strongest interest in him and he couldn’t pass the chance to achieve his boyhood dream.
He confessed he was happy when he heard that top clubs including Real Madrid, Juventus and Manchester United were all vying for his signature in 2003.
“I recall that Juventus also had interest in me and I was very happy since they are a great club,” Ronaldo said. Later on, Alex Ferguson was successful in convincing him to sign for the old Trafford team.
Having signed for United from Sporting CP for £12.24m at the age of 18, Cristiano Ronaldo became one of the most used players under Ferguson despite his young age.
During his time at United, Ronaldo was named FIFA world player of the year 2008, world soccer player of the year 2008, among other awards. The 32-year-old was later signed by Real Madrid in 2009 as the world most expensive player for a record fee of £80 million (€94 million).