The rivalry between Manchester City and Manchester United did not stop Cristiano Ronaldo, a Man United legend from watching the Cityzens matches, in fact, the Portuguese admitted to enjoying watching Pep Guardiola’s boys playing.
Ronaldo spent glorious years during his first spell in England and cemented his name as a Man United legend after winning the UEFA Champions League for the Red Devils and winning his first Ballon d’Or award before a mega-money deal took him to Real Madrid.
However, while the first spell at Old Trafford was full of glorious moments, the second spell ended in disaster. The Portuguese who went on to win four more Ballon d’Or disagreed with Manchester United boss, Erik Ten Hag, and gave a shocking interview that eventually ended his journey with his boyhood club.
Speaking at the Globe Soccer Awards on Friday, Ronaldo despite being regarded as a Man United legend, confessed to admiring the Manchester City team, describing the Cityzens as a favourite to win this season’s UEFA Champions League trophy.
“Manchester City finally won the Champions League, they probably deserved it two years ago,” he began. “I like watching how they play. They have a good chance to win the Champions League again.
“[City] are always at the top to be favourites, but it’s always the same clubs: Bayern, Manchester City, Real Madrid.”
Ronaldo getting close to 39 remains one of the best goal scorers. He scored more than any other male player across top-flight football in 2023. He found the back of the net 54 times for Al Nassr and Portugal last calendar year, two ahead of Harry Kane and Kylian Mbappe and four clear of Man City’s Erling Haaland.
“I was the top scorer this season, imagine that I beat younger players like Haaland,” he added. “I take pride in it, and I’m almost 39.
“I like it when people doubt me again, and then I succeed. Criticism doesn’t affect me.”