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“Cristiano Ronaldo broke O’Shea to pieces”


A friendly match between Manchester United and Sporting CP in 2003 led the English club to sign Cristiano Ronaldo and Rio Ferdinand told an anecdote about this meeting.

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Rio Ferdinand shared an anecdote about his first meeting with Cristiano Ronaldo in a match that convinced Manchester to recruit the Portuguese. The former English defender explained how John O’Shea had to face Ronaldo and how hard the Irishman was. “We missed Ronaldinhos signing, so we were a little disgusted at the time,” said Ferdinand at a FIFA 20 event. “John O’Shea played right back against him. We came in mid -time and O’Shea must have had an oxygen tank next to him. He was in pieces, he was sitting there, gasping. ”

Alex Ferguson seduces

Ferdinand then explained how the agreement was reached for Ronaldo to move to Old Trafford. “We got on the bus and were delayed about an hour and a half and everyone was like,” What’s going on? “, but leaders were chatting to try to sign it revealed Ferdinand. It was an incredible performance and we immediately saw that he would be the best player in the world. “Alex Ferguson and the Mancunian leaders were immediately seduced. The rest is history.

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