Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs has revealed what it was like when Cristiano Ronaldo decided to leave the club and join Real Madrid.
The Portuguese made the move to the Santiago Bernabeu in 2009 after six extremely successful years at Man United and players and fans alike were gutted to see him go.
There was always a sense of inevitability about Ronaldo’s departure but Giggs has admitted that despite this, there was still an element of disappointment when he left.
Ronaldo has gone on to achieve great things at Madrid, helping them win their 10th Champions League crown and becoming their leading goal scorer of all-time. There is no doubting what he has achieved and he has truly proven himself at Madrid but Giggs feels United still has a place in his heart.
“It was a mix of excitement about a new project in his life and sadness,” Giggs said.
“He knew that we’d looked after him. But he always looks ahead, just like me.”
The 30-year-old hasn’t looked back since leaving Old Trafford as he continues to break records and set new standards on the domestic and continental scenes. The rumour mill is now in overdrive with reports suggesting that Ronaldo could be leaving the Spanish capital at the end of the season. United would be the obvious choice for him, given his affinity to the club, but the likes of Paris Saint-Germain could provide stern competition for the Reds.
United fans would certainly be delighted to see Ronaldo back in the famous red shirt and only time will tell if he is ready to make the move back to where he made his name as a top class footballer.