Rio Ferdinand exclusive: Cristiano Ronaldo special because of hard work

Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the world's best  (©GettyImages)

Rio Ferdinand has exclusively told GiveMeSport that hard work made Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo the player he is today.

In a response to a question from Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie, the Manchester United hero - who departed Old Trafford this past summer - insisted that Ronaldo was a show pony when he first arrived at the club, but went on to change games by creating and scoring goals.

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Ronaldo, of course, has gone on to become the World Player of the Year and has broken many records throughout his spells at Manchester United and Real Madrid.

So, when asked by Bolasie about what made Ronaldo so special, Ferdinand responded by saying: "Like I said before about Cristiano Ronaldo, he trained really hard and worked on individual parts of his game to get where he is today.

"But the biggest change in him I saw was, like Yannick, he loved to do skills. That was what turned him on when he first came. He was a show pony, he wanted to make the crowd go ooh and stuff like that without really thinking about the end product.

Which is to cross the ball for someone else to score, set up a chance or shoot and score himself. He wasn't interested in that at first but then he realised once you get to that point, and people start seeing he's not only just got the skills, but he can actually set chances up, he can score goals, he can be the difference in big games, then you get to the level that Cristiano is at. So Yannick, keep working bruv."

Ronaldo return?

Manchester United fans will currently be dreaming about the possibility of Ronaldo returning to the Theatre of Dreams in the near future. After departing the club for £80 million in 2009, the Portuguese forward has been linked with a big-money return in recent time, but it remains to be seen as to whether United and Madrid can agree upon a deal for the player's services.

Ronaldo, despite approaching his 30th birthday, is still recognised as one of the world's great players and would prove some coup for the Red Devils under Louis van Gaal.

Manchester United fans: Do you think Ronaldo will return to your club next summer? Have your say in the comments section below!

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