The episode at Juventus may not have gone as expected, but Cristiano Ronaldo’s name resonates quite differently at Old Trafford. And as soon as it became clear that the Portuguese was returning to Manchester United, his character flooded England press.
Special emphasis on his motivational speech before the clash with Newcastle, in which Ronaldo returned with two goals. Even before the start of the match, there was a lot of talk about how the CR7 would fit into the locker room.
His first term at United ended 12 years ago and these youngest players can hardly remember what Ronaldo looked like then. However, it didn't take him too long to introduce himself. He first bypassed the tradition according to which newcomers must announce themselves to their teammates with a song.
As he nicely explained, he did it 18 years ago. Then the media wrote that the Portuguese had a positive influence on the team when he chose a healthy menu instead of dessert at one dinner. And then came the story of his motivational speech in front of Newcastle.
Ronaldo and coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer talked about it, although they did not reveal details.
Applause in the locker room
Today, they are brought by the tabloid Sun, which claims that Cristiano deserved the applause of the locker room.
"I returned to Manchester United for two reasons. The first is that I love this club. The other is that I like the winning mentality of this club. I didn't come here to be a fan ", Ronaldo began and immediately told his teammates that he came for - trophies.
Which means: less jokes, more work. When Ronaldo says that, of course you expect maximum work. "If you guys want to succeed, then you have to love this club from the bottom of your heart. You have to eat, sleep and fight for this club."
"Played or not, you have to support your teammates and always give 100 percent of yourself to the club. I came here to win and I am not interested in anything else. Victories bring us joy. I want to be happy, and you? ”Ronaldo asked his teammates.
The fall that followed the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, Ronaldo decided, must be urgently forgotten. "You are all amazing players and I believe in you. If it weren't for that, I wouldn't be coming back. The fans will support you if you do your best.
I just want to create a winning mentality, so that when I retire one day, it stays behind us so that some other players continue to dominate like we did in the past." "I will do my best for that, but I also need your support.
Are you ready to fight? Are you ready to leave everything on the field? ”Ronaldo thundered. The locker room was silent until then. Then they stood up, chanted and applauded. It started well. Let's see how long it will last.