Cristiano Ronaldo Jokes About Joining Old Team-Mate Rio Ferdinand in Boxing
Oct 04 2017
Former Manchester United defender Ferdinand believes that Shaw is not yet "mentally" ready to be in the first team, with Mourinho challenging the young England worldwide to fight for a starting place and to prove his worth.
"To show that I'm a different player and that's what I did".
The forward will at least have Ferdinand as a point of reference for whether he could pursue a boxing lifestyle and may reconsider if his old team-mate is beaten badly in his debut fight.
Ronaldo spent six years at Old Trafford before joining Los Blancos, lifting Premier League and Champions League titles in the process, as well as scoring 118 goals in 292 appearances. "And I think I'm in that role". If you get up then he says yes, that's the type of man I want in my team.
"When I landed here in Madrid I started to feel the atmosphere, I thought it was a game that day because all these people came just to see me".
"I will never forget the Red Devils", Ronaldo said. If you make the two things [go together], talent and work hard, you can be a huge player. They love it. It was a great day for me.
Ferdinand had recently announced his ambition to pursue the career of a professional boxer and he asked Cristiano about where he saw himself in the next ten years.
"I arrived, had a fantastic first season, then second, and I improved every season".
"In 10 years, it will be tough".
It was an important part of his development and eight years later, the 32-year-old has four Ballon d'Ors and plenty more silverware after several record-breaking seasons for Los Blancos. "Maybe I will be a boxer like you", Ronaldo joked before laughing his head off.
The Portuguese striker now holds the record for the all-time highest goalscorer in Champions League history (109 goals) but has failed to score in La Liga this season as Madrid sit fifth-placed.