Cristiano Ronaldo is in sparkling form for Real Madrid, and he warmed up for the crucial Champions league game against his former club Manchester United with a superb hat-trick against Sevilla on Saturday. That was the Portuguese international’s third hat-trick of 2013 and he has now scored 13 goals since the start of the calendar year. Unlucky for some, that’s what they say, and it is Manchester United and his former mentor who Ronaldo is intending to make the unlucky ones.
The 28-year old was just 18 when he moved to the Premier league, and he has fond memories of his time at United. He feels that Ferguson had a huge impact on making him the world class player he is today, but is equally determined to drive Real Madrid towards their tenth European cup, and their first in over 10 years.
“I won everything there. It was a fantastic part of my life there.
“And maybe it was the time I enjoyed my football the most, because I was so young.
“He (Ferguson) taught me everything, he helped me so much, guided me on so many important things.
“So I owe him a lot, that’s why I keep in touch and why it will be great to see him.
“The Champions league is very special at Madrid because we want to win a 10th European title.
“For me it is the pinnacle.
“And I want to make my contribution, I want to leave my mark.”
If Ronaldo shows the same form at the Bernabeu on Wednesday that he has been showing recently, I don’t think that Ferguson and the United team will be as pleased to see him again.