Cristiano Ronaldo has vowed not to celebrate if he should score against his old club Manchester United during his side's Champions League round of 16 clash. Ronaldo spent a highly successful six years at Old Trafford and the club still holds a special place in his heart.
Ronaldo became one of the best players in the world and also one of United's greatest ever players in his Old Trafford career that saw him win eight major trophies including the Champions League. Although the Portuguese midfielder always had desires to play for Real Madrid, the United faithful still adore him and are sure to give him a very warm welcome when he steps onto the Old Trafford pitch. If Ronaldo does manage to unlock the United defense over the course of the two legs, he will not celebrate out of respect for the club, its fans and the manager that made him great.
Speaking to AS, Ronaldo said, "I won't celebrate if I score against United. I still speak with Ferguson. I miss him a lot, and I miss Manchester United. I felt very good there, it was like a family. I had six great years there and am still friends with my team-mates. It is thanks to Manchester United that I am here playing for Real Madrid. Without them, I wouldn't be the player I am today."
Ronaldo has before vowed not to celebrate if he scored against boy-hood club Sporting Lisbon and he upheld that promise when the two sides met in the 2007-08 Champions League when he played for United. It is a certainty that the United fans will give Ronaldo a most welcome reception, even though his return to Old Trafford will perhaps be a bitter sweet one. Real Madrid will travel to the Theater of Dreams in March for the second leg of the Champions League tie.
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