Portugal international eager to shine against his former team-mates.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has identified Real Madrid playmaker Cristiano Ronaldo as being the main danger to the Red Devils when the two clubs meet in the first leg of their eagerly anticipated round-of-16 Champions League clash at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday night.
The Portugal international used to grace Old Trafford, before leaving the Premier League giants for the Spanish capital in a world-record £80 million transfer in 2009 and in the intervening four-year period, Ronaldo has scored an astonishing 182 goals in just 179 matches for the Liga giants.
“Ronaldo is the one to worry about,” Ferguson said in his pre-match press conference.
“He was still a young man when he left me, but I think you can see how he’s flourished in Madrid and his record is – well, I never thought he’d get that total, to be honest with you.
“I knew he’d improve, I knew he was one of the best players in the world, and probably he and Lionel Messi are the two best players in the world.
“But to score the goals he has is just phenomenal.
“I would think he’s at the peak of his career now, and the next three years will also be that way for him.”