Nani opens up on his conversations with Ronaldo before his exit from Man United

Former Man United forward, Nani, has suggested his ex- teammate, Cristiano Ronaldo, got tired of life at Old Trafford before his departure in 2009.

Speaking in a recent appearance on the UTD podcast, the Portuguese said: “We would stay at the end of training to do competitions and they [Anderson & Ronaldo] were my teammates, everyone has best friends or some they feel more comfortable with and they were my support.

“Some days he [Ronaldo] was telling us openly ‘I’m here six or seven years now, I think it’s enough for me’ he said that a couple of times.

“But it was always ‘I will see, I will see, I will see’ but we never thought it [Real Madrid move] would happen so fast. After we won the league in the second year he left, he produced a great season so we were still surprised.”

Nani, also spoke about the special moments he had with Ronaldo at his house, which often involved special games.

“You know Cristiano is very competitive and staying in his house for a day means he can challenge you anytime,” he added. 

“He had a swimming pool, tennis court, ping pong table. Every time there was a discussion about who was right or who was better, the only time we were not playing was the night time.

“We were sitting on the sofa talking and Cristiano disappears [to bed] but we learn that because me and Anderson in the morning we were always tired but Cristiano was already up two hours earlier. It was fantastic moments and great memories we had.”

No United fan would be honestly happy Ronaldo left the club at the time he did, but perhaps, it was part of his journey and progress, and it actually has paid off.

Despite winning the Ballon d’Or at Man United, Ronaldo went on to establish himself as one of the greatest ever during his time at Real Madrid.

The 35 year old currently plays for Juventus, where he’s equally been exceptional.