- Cristiano Ronaldo is still bothered about what people think of him, according to Rio Ferdinand
- The Juventus striker has done enough to be called the greatest the game has ever produced
- Ferdinand and Ronaldo played together at Man United for six years and won the EPL and Champions League
Cristiano Ronaldo still worried about what people think about him despite what he has achieved in the game, former Man United teammate Rio Ferdinand claims.
The 35-year-old over the years has won five Ballon d'Or trophies as well as league titles in England, Spain and Italy and the Champions League.
With Ronaldo's achievements, he has cemented his place as one of the world's greatest ever players.
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But former teammate Ferdinand claims that the Juventus striker is still bothered about not getting the recognition he deserves.
"We knew he was talented but his mentality was different. An elite mind. I thought 'wow'.
"Now, I talk to him sometimes and I can't tell you any of the things he complains about.
"He's gotten to the top but he's still concerned about what people say about him and not having all the recognition he thinks he should have. But that is what makes him so different," Ferdinand told The Beautiful Game podcast.
Ferdinand and Ronaldo played together for six years at Old Trafford before the Portuguese superstar left for Real Madrid.
The Englishman also revealed how the former sporting Lisbon star was even embarrassed to do extra training before his rise to stardom.
The BT pundit added: "He was a mad professional. He was diligent in all of his training.
“He used to be embarrassed at the beginning to do extra.
“He'd go on to another pitch and take a bag of balls, behind the bushes and do it on his own.
“The difference was at first he was more about skills and then all of a sudden he just started about numbers."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Cristiano Ronaldo is donating money to players in the lower leagues in Portugal that will not get paid amid the pandemic.
According to Asso, the Portuguese captain led his international teammates to give their Euro 2020 qualification bonuses to the players.
Portugal would have to remain champions for another year for them to defend their title due to the global pandemic.
And Manchester City star Bernardo Silva was first to reveal Ronaldo's idea of helping players who do not have a professional contract yet in their homeland.
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