Sir Alex Ferguson made a promise to Cristiano Ronaldo before he joined Manchester United

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Cristiano Ronaldo will go down in history as a Manchester United legend. The Portuguese star scored over 100 goals in a six-year spell at Old Trafford before moving to Real Madrid in 2009.

But it all could have been so different. We all know that Arsenal were interested in Ronaldo and Arsene Wenger invited him to their training base before he signed for the Red Devils. 

For one reason or another, mainly the Gunners' financial concerns, a deal never materialised.


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But talking at the premiere of his new film 'Ronaldo', the three-time Ballon d'Or winner revealed a promise Sir Alex Ferguson made to him.

Real Madrid's all-time record goalscorer said that the revered Scottish manager promised the Portuguese star that he would start 50 percent of Manchester United's games upon his arrival.

As per the Mail, Ronaldo said: "With United I have a great passion. What Jorge did for me at 18 with the words of Ferguson was a dream. To play in Sporting and move was 'wow, what is that?'

"When Ferguson wanted me and said I'd play 50 per cent of the games that was unbelievable.

"I took that decision because Jorge helped me. The last word from Ferguson was key also."

Ronaldo's imminent future is the cause of much debate. Many Manchester United fans would love to see their former number seven return for a second spell. 

However, that seems unlikely. All signs are pointing to a spell at PSG when he finally leaves Real Madrid. However, until the day a deal agreed, United fans still have hope. 

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