Rio Ferdinand reveals what Cristiano Ronaldo texted him after Villarreal clash
Rio Ferdinand has revealed Cristiano Ronaldo texted him insisting he knew he would score against Villarreal after netting a last-gasp winner for Manchester United.
Rinaldo net 12th career Champions League goal in the 90th minute or later
Double closest rival Lionel Messi’s tally of six
While no player has scored more than the three 90th minute winning goals he has netted in the history of the competition.
And speaking to BT Sport after the game, former United centre-back Rio Ferdinand
However, revealed what Ronaldo messaged him after the game
As well as hailing the calming and inspirational impact he has on his team-mates.
‘He (Ronaldo) text me tonight saying ”I didn’t’ play well but I knew I’d score,” Ferdinand said.
‘That’s the belief that he has. The other players are feeding off it. It’s a great place to be.’
‘United’s performance today wasn’t great, it wasn’t at the level Ole wants it to be. But when you need a goal’
‘a moment to galvanise the squad, the stadium, the fanbase, Cristiano Ronaldo steps up.
‘He wants to be that guy the chance falls to. His goal record says it all. He’s there for the big moments. He’s a big part of that too.
‘When you have a player like Cristiano Ronaldo, the players in the dressing room are given life’
‘There’s a lease of life, belief, because they know if the chance comes, he will put them away’
‘It gives you that ability to be relaxed. It was the biggest thing in our team
”When you get under even more pressure and you can see the clock ticking, you don’t panic’
‘We were very composed because we believed the chances would come.’