Fergie Snipes At Messi For Emotional CR7
14 February 2013
Cristiano Ronaldo admits to feeling emotional last night, after facing his old club Manchester United with Real Madrid.
United struggled to contain CR7 during the first half, when he was simply beastly in the air and scored the equaliser with a textbook leaping header.
But he did not celebrate excessively as a mark or respect, and while he seemed to be everywhere on the pitch for the rest of the game, his influence on the tie waned thereafter.
At full-time, CR7 visited his old team-mates in the away dressing room, and acknowledged his emotions had played a part in his performance.
"I was in Manchester for six years, so tonight was very emotional for me," said Ronaldo. "I scored a goal but I didn't celebrate out of respect.
"Maybe United are favourites now, maybe not, anything can happen. Sometimes we are better away than at home, so we will see.
"It will be amazing to play at Old Trafford again after four years. It will be another emotional night."
Meanwhile, United manager Alex Ferguson still clearly has a soft spot for the player he nurtured, who then became one of the world’s best.
The Scot had words of praise for his old charge’s performance, and even aimed a supportive little dig at Ronaldo’s bête noir, Barcelona star Lionel Messi.
"I spoke to him (Ronaldo) and he is sitting in our dressing room now, talking to the lads,” Fergie said after the match.
"He had six years with us and I am proud of how he flourished.
"I blamed Patrice Evra for not challenging for his goal until I saw the replay and felt a bit stupid.
"His knee is about as high as Evra's head - phenomenal. I don't think any other player in the world can do that, certainly not Messi."