Cristiano Ronaldo insists he’d love to score at Old Trafford tonight as his current Real Madrid side face up against Manchester United, the club that made him the player he is today.
After spending an incredible six seasons in Manchester, he completed his transformation from teenage prodigy to the world’s finest player before leaving in the summer of 2009 for a world record £80 million.
But Ronaldo insists that scoring tonight would be “spectacular” in what is set to be the game of the season so far for both sides.
He said: “It would be a beautiful sensation. If I score against them, it would be spectacular.
“I can’t say how I’d celebrate — it would be something spontaneous — but I’d love to be in that situation.”
Ronaldo left Old Trafford in the summer of 2009 after scoring 118 goals in 292 appearances for Manchester United and he expects a warm reception when he makes his long-awaited return that ex-United legends always get when they come back home.
“I’m sure they will receive me well,” he continued.
“After the years I spent there and the friendships I have, I’m sure it’s one of the places where they’ll applaud me most. It was a beautiful time.”
Ronaldo was Real Madrid’s scorer when the two sides met in the first leg and will once again be the focal point of the Spanish champions attack.
The Portugal captain won almost everything during his six-year stay in Manchester, including a league double and the prestigious Ballon D’Or, so it will be interesting to see what sort of reception Ronaldo gets. But, given that Ferguson has already said he will receive a warm welcome, it would be a surprise if Viva Ronaldo didn’t resonate off the walls at some point.