Cristiano Ronaldo has explained why he left Manchester United for Real Madrid in 2009.
Ronaldo became the world’s most expensive player at the time when he departed Old Trafford for the Bernabeu eight years ago.
The Portuguese scored 118 goals in 292 appearances for United, winning nine trophies in six successful years.
He has improved on his goalscoring exploits in Spain, scoring a remarkable 411 goals in 401 games.
The forward almost joined Real a year before he eventually arrived, but United persuaded him to stay for 12 more months.
In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, he has explained his reasoning behind leaving the Premier League.
“I just thought in my mind I want to go there to show my level, to show that I’m a different player and that’s what I did,” he said.
“I arrived and I had a fantastic first season and then I have improved every season.
“I will never forget the Red Devils. I learnt to be better and better, being around the best players in the world.”