Portugal and Manchester United star forward Cristiano Ronaldo revealed last year that he was close to signing a deal with bitter rivals Manchester City, but former manager Sir Alex Ferguson told him so. Ronaldo said he was persuaded by Ferguson to return to United, who have not won the league title since retiring in 2013.
Ronaldo returned to United from Juventus and signed a two-year contract During his first tenure at the club, Ronaldo won eight major trophies, including three Premier League and one Champions League victory.
“Honestly, it was off… That’s something they frequently discuss, and [Manchester City manager Pep] Guardiola said two weeks before that he thinks they’ve tried in a really tough way to get me.
Ronaldo said Ferguson’s intervention was the reason he returned to the club, adding that he was “surprised” after learning Manchester City had tried to sign him.
“But as you know what my history with Manchester United has been like, your heart, your emotions… make a difference. Sir Alex Ferguson of course. I was surprised… but I made a conscious decision. Speak out loud at this moment because the mind speaks. I think it was the solution. That was the difference now, but I can’t be loyal if I want to. I’m not saying Manchester City wasn’t nearby. Ronaldo added he has no regrets about returning to Manchester United.
“I spoke to Fergusson…he said to me, ‘It’s impossible for you to come to Manchester City.’ And I say, ‘Okay, boss.’ So, I decided and… It was a good decision,” he added.