Ronaldo tipped by Zidane to take his Madrid form to new heights

Ronaldo also revealed how Ferguson persuaded him to wear the iconic No 7 shirt, which was previously worn by David Beckham, Eric Cantona and George Best.

Ferguson realized the potential in Ronaldo, and handed him United's most famous shirt number.

"I accepted the challenge, it was great and it was the beginning of my success in football". It was probably one of the most lovely moments in my career so far, ' he said at the launch of a new range of boots in tribute to his spell at Old Trafford.

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly told the club not to buy one of their targets amid speculation they are looking for a new goalkeeper.

However, Ronaldo is apparently against the signing the 18-year-old AC Milan star, who has impressed since debuting at the age of 16 years and 242 days. We won many things together.

Finally, the heel counter features the Roman numerals for 28, Ronaldo's previous number, with the VII of the XVIII highlighted to reference the emergence of 7 from 28.

He continued: 'I improved not just my skills but my body too.

'Well, I never know because he also ended other years very well, but he's very good physically and I hope he will end [the season] very well'. "It was a dream for me", he added.

He has consolidated his place among football's elite during his time at the Bernabeu, taking his Ballon d'Or haul to four and becoming Real's all-time top scorer, but admits his time in Manchester under "father figure" Ferguson set him up for success.

"Probably one of the most lovely moments in my career so far".

  • Julie Sanders