David Moyes was ‘fascinated’ to learn more about how Cristiano Ronaldo conduced himself while a Manchester United player, and has identified the Real Madrid superstar as an ideal role model for younger players.
Ronaldo arrived at Old Trafford from Sporting Club de Portugal in 2003 and it was with Manchester United that he was able to forge his reputation as one of the most complete players that the game has ever seen.
He is a player of clear quality and almost incomparable ability but, as Moyes learned from his Manchester United charges during his short spell with the club, it was Ronaldo’s attitude and endeavour that enabled him to reach these stratospheric heights.
“When I was at Manchester United I was fascinated to hear the stories of Cristiano Ronaldo,” Moyes told The Telegraph.
“They just said he was an incredible trainer, the work he did, and in a way there’s no surprise that he has got to the level he has.
“He obviously has immense talent but he made sure he didn’t just rely on it. He worked very hard to improve it.”
Man Utd speculation
There has been intense speculation that Manchester United could re-sign Ronaldo amid doubts of his future in Madrid, and the club were reported to have been considering an approach during the reign of Moyes.
Since his departure, Moyes has already seen Manchester United recruit Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao, a luxury never afforded to him, although there would seem to be less than slim chance that Ronaldo will follow his esteemed duo.
Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes stated last week that he expects the player to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu until he retirement, seemingly extinguishing any hopes Manchester United had of concluding a deal.
Mendes also confirmed that Ronaldo has a release clause of £785 million written into his Real Madrid contract.