Rio Ferdinand reveals John O’Shea was left ‘panting’ after facing Cristiano Ronaldo in 2003 friendly

‘John O’Shea must have had an oxygen tank beside him’: Rio Ferdinand reveals the former Manchester United team-mate was left panting in the locker room at halftime after a friendly against Cristiano Ronaldo in 2003

  • Cristiano Ronaldo tortured John O’Shea in the 2003 friendly
  • Rio Ferdinand says O’Shea can’t speak after facing friendly the winger
  • Ferdinand revealed that United players had asked Sir Alex Ferguson to sign Ronaldo
  • Ronaldo joined United within £ 12.24m after surrendering to the club

Rio Ferdinand joked that former Manchester United teammate John O’Shea needed an oxygen tank after taking on Cristiano Ronaldo in 2003.

Ronaldo put in a sensational performance for Sporting Lisbon in a 3-1 win over United last season before moving to Old Trafford a few days later.

O’Shea was unfortunate enough to have to tag Ronaldo that night and Ferdinand says the Irishman could barely speak at halftime after following him on the pitch.

Rio Ferdinand has announced that Cristiano Ronaldo left John O’Shea gasping after the 2003 friendly

Ronaldo put in a sensational performance when Sporting Lisbon beat United 3-1 in August 2003

Ronaldo put in a sensational performance when Sporting Lisbon beat United 3-1 in August 2003

Ferdinand says, O'Shea, left,

Ferdinand says O’Shea, left, “must have used an oxygen tank” after playing against Ronaldo

“We played against Sporting in 2003, we’re coming at halftime and John O’Shea must have needed an oxygen tank next to him,” he said during a lifetime FIFA 20 game on Stay Home. Play Together campaign from EA Sports and Copa90.

‘He was torn to pieces and he sat panting. We told him to get closer to Ronaldo and he couldn’t even answer us. ‘

Ferdinand and the rest of his United teammates were stunned by Ronaldo’s performance and urged Sir Alex Ferguson to sign him.

“To be fair, me, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt stood there and said,” This kid is amazing, we have to sign him. “

Ronaldo's performance against United earned him a £ 12.24m move just days later

Ronaldo’s performance against United earned him a £ 12.24m move just days later

Ronaldo immediately made an impression with a stunning debut against Bolton Wanderers

Ronaldo immediately made an impression with a stunning debut against Bolton Wanderers

“We got on the coach and were about an hour and a half late. Then they said they’d made a deal to sign Ronaldo now.”

Just days after that game, United signed a £ 12.24million deal to sign Ronaldo and he became one of the greatest players in the club’s history.

The Portuguese won the Champions League, three Premier League titles and two FA Cups in six years at United before joining Real Madrid for £ 80m in 2009.

The Portuguese became one of the club's greatest players in a six-year stay

The Portuguese became one of the club’s greatest players in a six-year stay

According to Ferdinand, Ronaldo’s commitment to self-improvement and investing in himself was the secret to his success at the club.

“He lived next to me and I sometimes go around his house and see 15 people there. I would say, “Bruv, who are all these people in your house? Aren’t you going to relax?”

“He would say,” This is my physiotherapist, this is the sports scientist, this is the masseur. “I think,” Jesus, this guy is crazy. ”

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