The Ronaldo Files: Quotes.
Quotes From Ronaldo
"I feel I have grown up. I am a man. It (growing up) is important in my football too. When everything is good I don't think you grow up fantastically, I think maybe you need a few problems to grow up. It is good if people in England have started to admire me. I think I have changed a little since the World Cup. I am stronger with my mentality and with my game as well."
Cristiano Ronaldo - March 2007
"I am very happy to be signing for the best team in the world and especially
proud to be the first Portuguese player to join United."
"I would be very proud if, one day, I'm held in the same esteem as George
Best or Beckham. It's what I'm working hard towards."
"I'm living a dream I never want to wake up from."
"Lots of young players have triumphed at United, so why can't it happen to
me? I'm not worried I'm young - it's an incentive to do the best I can."
"The No 7 shirt is an honour and a responsibility. I hope it brings me a lot
"I've never tried to hide the fact that it is my intention to be the best"
"I want to be one of the best players around in two or three years time, to be a decisive footballer."
Quotes About Ronaldo
"Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player in the Premier League and in the whole of Europe.
The things I have seen him do since I have been in Manchester have been incredible, amazing.
It is just like a total show in training and even in the matches.
This kid will one day arrive at the very top in the world of football — if he isn't there already — because he makes the most difficult plays look easy."
"I have now played with both him (Cristiano Ronaldo) and Ronaldinho. And Ronaldo is top in Europe at the moment.
Both of them in the same team would be like a bomb. It would be an incredible spectacle for the people.
What's more, I am totally convinced the two are able to play in the same side."
"There have been a few players described as the new George Best over the years, but this is the first time it's been a compliment to me."
"After we played Sporting last week the lads in the dressing room talked about him constantly, and on the plane back from the game they urged me to sign him. That's how highly they rated him!"
Sir Alex Ferguson
"When Ronaldo gets the ball, you can just leave him to it while he beats player after player!"
"English fans love spectacular players like Alan Shearer- and that is exactly what United have now signed. He has magic in his boots. The first thing you notice about him is that he is incredibly quick and very, very powerful for such a young man. He has great, close control and his technique is excellent. He believes he can do anything with the ball, and that confidence makes him very special indeed!"
"Everyone went crazy over Wayne Rooney, but I get more excited by Cristiano Ronaldo."
"He's a technical footballer who is quick and brave too. He is not intimidated by the other players around him. A lot of people maybe thought he was too young for the jump and he was destined for a place on the bench from the start. But he has shown that is not the case and has taken advantage of his chances. I thought asking Cristiano to wear David's number would be too much but I hope things continue to work out as they have so far."
"We saw that he plays with his heart too. He obviously loves the game so much and was distraught to lose in the final-seeing him cry nearly got me going too!"
George Best on Ronaldo in Euro 2004
"I have never played against anybody like that in my life - I was pleased to be taken off."
Millwall's Robbie Ryan
"The great thing about him is that he will not quit."
"Cristiano can do things that no other player can do. Now he needs to learn how to play that position right. Because the way United play, as a winger you need to work hard and get into all the right positions. When I came into the team I used to sprint back to help the full back, but that had been drilled into me from the youth team. Cristiano never grew up with that. 'It's hard for him, I think, because he wants the ball all the time. Sometimes, as a winger, you don't touch the ball for five minutes and you have to rely on others to give it to you — and that's hard for him."
"When Ronaldo gave that little wink everyone interpreted it that he had got his team-mate sent off. You felt then that he would become a much criticised figure. But that's not really happened. So for him to overcome all of that and emerge as one of the players of the season is quite a remarkable achievement. He is a phenomenal talent. He has tremendous pace, he goes past players and he has added the ability to shoot. He can also pick out team-mates. There is not a lot he cannot do now. I believe his game has improved immeasurably over the past couple of seasons."
"He does things I have never seen from any other player and it really is marvellous to watch...it takes a great player to grab the bull by the horns and make things happen, but he has done it repeatedly. He has been even better than people here thought he would be and that's saying something."
Sir Bobby Charlton
"He is as tough as anything. You can crack him one, but he won't let it bother him. He's back on his feet in no time and getting on with it. He is a strong character and a great sight when he's heading for goal."
Sir Bobby Charlton