Former Manchester United defender Mikel Silvestre said he told Cristiano Ronaldo he would win the Ballon d’Or in the future when they played together at Old Trafford.

Ronaldo joined United at 18 from Sporting CP for just £ 12million in 2003.

The Portugal captain went on to establish himself as one of the greatest players in recent Red Devils history.

“Ronaldo was just turning from a teenager to a man. He was still built like a teenager and also played more like a teenager.

“Sometimes he overdid it and made the wrong decisions. Cristiano created many chances and seized them all, but it took time and a lot of shouting from the coach and his teammates to keep him simpler and respect the game. quickly and his response was amazing, as you can see now.

“After a few years, I told him that one day he would win the Ballon d’Or. He developed the right attitude and got stronger and better, ”Silvestre told Goal.

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