Sunday 25 August 2019

Cristiano Ronaldo reveals just how important Roy Keane was in his career

Ronaldo and Roy Keane
Ronaldo and Roy Keane

Cristiano Ronaldo has said he is happy that Roy Keane used to always scream at him at Manchester United - because it helped to make him a better player.

The Ballon d'Or winner has been known to hold onto the ball for too long in the past, but advice from Irishman Keane curtailed that problem.

"(Keane was) always screaming to me: 'Cristiano! Pass the ball'! But it was good! At the end of the day, I feel happy because I learned a lot from them," Ronaldo told Sport Magazine.

While Keane was Ronaldo's arm around the shoulder on the training ground and the pitch, it was Alex Ferguson who was the biggest influence on the Portugal captain.

"When you’re a young player, you don’t understand decision-making properly: when have to take a touch, when to dribble.

"He (Ferguson) taught me the basics that took me to where I am today. I remember that in the beginning – they always say I didn’t do the decision-making great. So he taught me how to do this.

“I feel proud that he pushed me so hard. One of his best qualities is that he pushed players when they needed it – and in that period of time, I needed it."

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