Neville: Ronaldo was better at United than Real Madrid

Joe Williams

Cristiano Ronaldo had his “best two football years” at Manchester United and not Real Madrid, according to Gary Neville.

The Portugal international scored 118 goals in 292 appearances for the Red Devils before moving to the Bernabeu where he has a record of more than a goal a game, scoring 395 times in 386 matches.

Despite that record, Neville is convinced that Ronaldo was a better all-round player for two years at United than he is now at Real Madrid.

“When he was at United, between 2006 and 2008, I still maintain that’s his best two football years as a football player, in terms of his contribution through the whole game,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“Since he’s gone to Real Madrid he’s contributed enormously to everything they’ve done but he’s living more off moments rather than a contribution through a whole 90 minutes.

“I think we’ve seen the transformation of a player.

“We’ve seen Ryan Giggs go from a flying winger to someone who played more centrally as a midfielder.

“We’re seeing Cristiano now as a centre-forward.”