Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo showed he still has a place for Manchester United in his heart by reminiscing over the club’s 2008 Champions League victory.
The Portuguese superstar guided United to their third European Cup in 2008, which turned out to be his penultimate season at Old Trafford.
Sir Alex Ferguson had long felt his failure to add a second European Cup was a black mark against his managerial career and he was particularly desperate to do so in 2008, given it was the 50th anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster.
Thankfully for Ferguson, Ronaldo was having the finest season of his career to that point and he’d hit an incredible 42 goals in all competitions by the campaign’s close.
Ronaldo bagged his 42nd goal of the campaign in the final in Moscow against Chelsea, though he needed his team-mates to bail him out after he missed his spot kick in the penalty shootout.
Nevertheless, with the 12-year anniversary of the win coming earlier this week, Ronaldo sent a message to the club and his former team-mates on Instagram.
The 35-year-old uploaded a photo of the post-match celebrations along with a trophy and prayer sign, as well as tagging Manchester United’s official account.
Ronaldo inspired United to the 2009 final but his final game in a United shirt ended horribly as Barcelona masterminded a 2-0 win against Ferguson’s side in Rome.
The Portugal captain has been repeatedly linked with a return to Old Trafford but his decision to join Juventus after his nine-year stay in Madrid makes a return to United unlikely.
United legend Patrice Evra claimed earlier this month that Ronaldo was set to rejoin the Reds in 2013 but Ferguson’s retirement ended the club’s hopes.
You know, you talk about the hardest moments [in my United career], I would say maybe this is the one,’ Evra told United’s UTD podcast.
;Two weeks before that, I remember there was a lot of media saying Ferguson will maybe retire next year, and he said, ‘Patrice, I will never retire. I will be here another 10 years’.
‘He then said: ‘My target is I’m 99 per cent sure we will have Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale. I just need these two players to win the Champions League again. Ninety-nine per cent.
‘And to be fair, when I speak with Cristiano, I ask him and he said yes to the boss, and was coming to join United. He told me this.’
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