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31st Oct 2015

Cristiano Ronaldo reveals Man United legend is the best professional he’s worked with

High praise

Robert Redmond

The ultimate praise from the ultimate professional.

Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed that former Manchester United teammate Gary Neville is the best professional he’s worked with.

In an interview with the Times, the Real Madrid superstar spoke with great fondness about his time at Old Trafford, and how the dedication and professionalism of his teammates spurred him on to greatness.

“Manchester United was a huge education for me,” Ronaldo said. “(Being at United) taught me to train hard all the time. To eat properly, sleep good, recovery sessions, everything. You have to dedicate yourself 100 per cent.”

“There were guys who always arrived for training one hour early. Paul Scholes and Gary Neville were incredible example. Neville was the most professional player I saw.”Middlesbrough v Manchester United“This is why these guys played in the top level for 10 years,” Ronaldo continued.

“People like Giggsy (Ryan Giggs). I learnt from them. I would go to training early, too. I would do exercise, strength, abdominals, many things. That example from the older players, I took it.”

The 30 year old spent six years at Old Trafford and won three Premier League titles, the Champions League, two League Cups, an FA Cup and the World Player of the Year award, before joining Real Madrid for £80 million in 2009.