Ronaldo says he cried after arriving at Man U for the first time

March 6th, 2009 - 1:36 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Mar.6 (ANI): Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo says that when he first arrived at Old Trafford, he cried, and added that it took him some time to toughen up.
In an interview given to The Mirror, Ronaldo said that he did not believe opponents deliberately targeted him.
I dont believe people just want to do something wrong on purpose. In my experience, the game is not carried out that way. Ive never had any serious problems. I do remember when a goalkeeper said that the only way to stop United is to target Ronaldo I went on to score two past him, the tabloid quoted him, as saying.
Ronaldo said that when arrived to play for the Red Devils as an 18-year-old, he was so homesick he would cry every time he spoke with his family back in his native Madeira.
He claims the heartache he suffered when he moved to England proved the making of him and armed him with the necessary mental strength to become European and World Player of the Year.
They were the worst moments of my career, when I left my family. It was a very very difficult part of my life because Id always had a lot of backup from my mother, father and my family. To go to a different place, different football, different country was very complicated. We cried every week but, in that respect, I grew a lot as a person and as a player, and that was very important to me, Ronaldo said. For young players the conditions are difficult. They have to work hard and fight for what they want to be in the future. In any other profession, its the same. You cannot stop believing in yourself, he added.
Ronaldo now has a huge support network around him in Manchester. His mother Dolores is a frequent visitor to his Cheshire home, while his brother Hugo and sisters Elma and Liliana spend large chunks of the year living with him.
Despite winning every individual and team award going, Ronaldos thirst for success has not been quenched and he gave the clearest indication yet that he plans to stay at United for the best years of his career, despite Real Madrids continued interest. (ANI)

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