Ronaldo: Madrid better than United

Cristiano Ronaldo is eagerly anticipating his reunion with Manchester United, even if he believes Real Madrid are the stronger team.

Los Blancos have been paired with the Manchester outfit for the Last 16 of the Champions League, for a test that Ronaldo believes they can pass.

“I believe things will go well. In my opinion Real Madrid have a better team, but we have to show that on the pitch because United are a very united team and always have been in recent years,” commented the former Red Devil to UEFA’s official Champions League magazine.

“They're a team that always do well, every year they're at the top and therefore a team we respect a lot. It will be an extremely difficult match, especially in Manchester.

“I actually said before the draw that I believed we would get Manchester United. I've wanted to face them for some time. I have great memories from my time there.

“It will be a match in which I will feel a lot. I was there for six years. I have a lot of friends there, people I will see with great pleasure, it will be a match with a lot of emotions.”

The Portuguese winger transformed in six years at Old Trafford and remains grateful to manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

“He taught me the basis of football. I arrived in Manchester when I was only 18. He managed my career in the best possible way and for me he is one of the most important people in football.

“I still have an excellent relationship with him and it will be nice to see him again.”

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