EPL: Cristiano Ronaldo should thank me for helping his career – Phil Neville

Former Manchester United star, Phil Neville has said Cristiano Ronaldo has a lot to thank him for.

During a friendly game between Manchester United and Sporting Lisbon, Neville completely failed to deal with Ronaldo, causing Manchester United to sign the Portuguese star in 2003.

Ronaldo was signed up by then manager, Alex Ferguson after the legendary manager was stunned by the performance of the teenager.

Neville claims he played a big part in the rise of Ronaldo as one of the greatest players ever, as he could do nothing to stop a young Ronaldo during that game.

“I think Cristiano’s got to thank me a lot you know because I played in that game in Sporting Lisbon when he kept dancing past me down that wing,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“After the game, Sir Alex signed him in the dressing room.

“I played in that game and you witnessed in 90 minutes someone that was going to be very special, no doubt about it, and it’s not often you can say that about someone.

“So I just hope he comes up to me after a game and says thanks for your efforts in helping me get where I am today.”

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