Cristiano Ronaldo will return to the place where he learned how to be the best player in the world on Tuesday, says his Juventus teammate Miralem Pjanic.
The Portuguese will be back at Old Trafford for his side’s Champions League clash against former club Manchester United , with his return sure to conjure up memories of his six years in the Premier League.
Ronaldo won three league titles and the Champions League while with United, before leaving for Real Madrid for a then world record fee of £80m in 2009.
And Pjanic says that it was learning from players like Paul Scholes while at United that turned Ronaldo into the player he’d become.
"If you look at Ronaldo when he was in Manchester and then at the Ronaldo who became the best player in the world, you can see his game has changed. His game became more concrete," the Bosnian told The Guardian .
"I’ve read a lot of things [Ronaldo] has said about Paul Scholes and how he trained.
"Everyone talked about Scholes as being extraordinary, but not because he was out there doing dummies.
"By keeping things simple, he made himself special. I think Ronaldo learned from players like that."
Ronaldo scored 118 goals in 292 games for United, and is sure to be warmly received by the club’s supporters.
Juve hope that this season’s addition of Ronaldo will help them go further in the Champions League after defeats in the finals of 2015 and 2017.
Pjanic played in the latter game – a 4-1 defeat to Real Madrid in Cardiff – and says his side are now determined to go one better.
“It is an objective for us to reach the end, to win the whole thing," he said.
"We have a lot of quality and we believe in this group. One step at a time, though. Our objective right now is to finish first in the group.”
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