When it was announced that Manchester United were bringing back Cristiano Ronaldo to Old Trafford, excitement spread throughout the club.
After all, the Portuguese star had left a great legacy at the club before his move to Real Madrid, and there was hope he could rekindle those old glory days, even if he is now considerably older than when he left.
It’s gone relatively well, as he’s managed to score 15 goals in 31 appearances in all competitions, but there is still room for improvement, especially when you look at his previous track record in front of goal.
While Ronaldo can be criticised for many things, his determination and work ethic can’t, which is what Manchester United youngster Hannibal Mejbri explained stands out the most when working alongside the forward on the training pitch.
Asked about the superstar in an interview with Onze Mondial, the 19-year-old was clearly in awe of his teammate.
He said: “Cristiano, it’s the very, very high level. It’s amazing. You can sense the experience, because he might never work the most, but when you have to score the goal to win, he will. He’s always there when you need him. He’ll be decisive for life. I was surprised to see everything he is capable of doing.
“Live, it’s very impressive. In front of goal, it’s unbelievable. He’s a very nice teammate. If you need, you can ask him for some tips, he’ll be available. Just like everyone else, but he stays distant. It’s Cristiano still… Plus, I don’t quite know how to do it. I’m scared, I don’t know how to talk to him.
“I’ve watched him on the television since I was a kid, and there, to be with him, it’s special. I’m living something exceptional. I’m training with one of the greatest in the history of football. I’m learning all the time. I look at everything he does. I look at what he drinks. I do everything like him.”