Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed he rejected overtures from Juventus in order to play under former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
Real Madrid star Ronaldo, who enjoyed six successful years at Old Trafford, was coveted by Italian giants Juventus while he was plying his trade at Sporting Lisbon.
However Ronaldo decided to reject the chance of joining Juventus so he could seal a £12.24million move to Ferguson's Manchester United.
The 28-year-old was asked about Juventus' interest ahead of Real Madrid's Champions League encounter against the Serie A side on Wednesday night - and Ronaldo explained United were always ahead of the Turin giants for his signature.
"I cannot speak too much about this Juve link," said Ronaldo. "I know that there were many clubs interested in me and Juve were one of those, but the club that interested me most was the Manchester for its history and its coach.
"I have great respect for Juve and their history. They are a dream team for many, but I'll have to do my job and score goals against them.
"They're a top club that must be respected but I'll do my best."
Carlo Ancelotti's Real Madrid - having beaten both FC Copenhagen and Galatasaray - are four points ahead of Juventus going into Wednesday night's game at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Ancelotti will be keen for his Real Madrid stars to come through tonight's game unscathed as his side face La Liga rivals Barcelona this weekend.