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"Those Were The Words He Used" - Cristiano Ronaldo Gave Vital Advice To Man Utd Debutant

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"Those Were The Words He Used" - Cristiano Ronaldo Gave Vital Advice To Man Utd Debutant

Cristiano Ronaldo gave a Manchester United youngster a vital piece of advice before making his debut for the club.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner commands respect in every dressing room, but he doesn't think he's above his teammates.

Fabio da Silva has revealed Ronaldo had a honest chat with him prior to his debut against Tottenham Hotspur in 2009.

He told ESPN Brazil per Sport Witness: "Ronaldo helped me a lot there.

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"I didn't speak English at all, or practically nothing. Not even 'water'. He helped me and my brother [Rafael] a lot. I'm very grateful to him.

"My first game, I don't forget, against Tottenham, I was 18 years old. I have a photo with him to this day.

"Before the game, he came to me, hugged me and said: 'From the middle to the front, you can do whatever you want. From the middle to the back, don't try to do anything, because you might lose the ball and I can't get it back for you'. Those were the words he used."

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Fabio is from Brazil and speaks Portuguese, so it meant Ronaldo was one of the only players in the dressing room to communicate with him.

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He continued: "It shows how much he helps and will help young people at Manchester United. That's why I thought his signing was super right. Young people seeing the 36-year-old guy, working, running, for everything he's achieved."

The duo were linked with a move to Arsenal at the time and manager Sir Alex Ferguson was desperate to seal their signature.

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"First it was a Portuguese greeting. Then the voice says: 'It is Cristiano Ronaldo," Fabio told the Daily Mail earlier this month.

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"I think it is a joke but he says, 'No, it is Cristiano here. I'm calling you to tell you to come to United. I can help you guys so you need to come. You're going to enjoy [it].'

"Sir Alex Ferguson must have known about Arsenal. This was his way of making sure we came to Manchester. It worked."

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Topics: Football, Manchester United, Premier League, Cristiano Ronaldo

Daniel Marland
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