- Owen Hargreaves and Ronaldo were team-mates under Alex Ferguson
- CR7 was the set-piece taker at Man Utd during the 2008 season
- Hargreaves says Ronaldo once offered him to take a free-kick
Former Manchester Unite star Owen Hargreaves has denied claims that former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo is an egomaniac as he is sometimes perceived to be, SunSport reports.
The former Three Lions and Bayern Munich forward recalls Ronaldo’s antics which according to him is the Juventus’ star’s true colours.
The well talented Ronaldo is famous for his devastating free-kick technique which sets him as the main set piece taker at the Old Trafford club in 2007.
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And it would be recalled that Hargreaves netted a sublime free-kick to seal Manchester United’s victory against Arsenal during the eloquent 2007/2008 season.
Hargreaves had thought he would not be able to contest taking set-pieces so long Ronaldo is on the pitch, but he has admitted that one gesture by the former Real Madrid man was enough to put him in different perspective.
Asked how the pair would decide who took free-kicks, Hargreaves told BeIN Sport:"We used to practice all the time and Cristiano knew I could [score them] and I love that about him.
"I said, 'I can’t take it off Cristiano, that’s Cristiano Ronaldo'."
"Anyway, we get to the dressing room, we’re warming up to go out on the pitch before we go out, nobody is around, Cristiano walks over and says, 'Owen if we get a free-kick today it’s yours, I saw you practicing'."
Recall that Hargreaves earlier disclosed that fights almost ensued among Manchester United players during their training session on the eve of the UEFA Champions League glory against Chelsea in 2008.
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It was gathered that manager Sir Alex Ferguson had to wade in to calm the situation, and according to Owen Hargreaves, it was because the training was so intense.
He stated that the commotion almost led to bust-up that it needed the manager to intervene before the row escalated.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has revealed that the Premier League club almost signed former Barcelona attacker Ronaldinho.
The 2008 Champions League winner said the Red Devils stars were already looking forward to playing with the talented Brazilian but ended up becoming his opponent weeks later.
According to The Mirror, United had been given the go-ahead to land the player only for him to change his mind and join the Catalans at the last minute.
Ronaldinho could have been added to the list of players the legendary manager signed back then but the deal failed to sail.
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