Cristiano Ronaldo has replied to former Manchester United teammate Roy Keane’s Instagram post, welcoming the Portuguese star to the club.
Keane was captain of United when Ronaldo joined the club in 2003 and was an influential figure in the dressing room as Ronaldo developed into an important player at Old Trafford.
Keane has always maintained that Ronaldo is the greatest player of his generation, putting him ahead of Lionel Messi who is more naturally gifted but perhaps does not match with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner regarding hard work and commitment to being the best.
The former United captain took to Instagram to welcome his former teammate back to the Manchester club with a photo of the pair dating back to Ronaldo’s first season.
And the Portuguese star showed appreciation for his former teammate with a reply which demonstrates the influence Keane has had on one of the greatest players in history.
The former Irish international echoed the feeling of the United fanbase on Sky Sports Super Sunday, noting how Ronaldo’s brilliant goalscoring ability will put the club into contention for domestic trophies.
However, Keane suggests it will not be enough for United to compete for the title, citing concerns in midfield and at the goalkeeper position.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that he’s a world-class player. The pluses and minuses, I just see the hunger and desires there. It’s not a payday for him. The guy’s worked fortunes,” the Irishman stated on Sky Sports.
“We saw in the Euros won the Golden Boot, the World Cup’s in a year and a half, that’s an incentive for him. He’s only coming back to Man Utd to win stuff.
“My doubts are he won’t be the difference winning the big trophies but the League Cup, FA Cup I think that’s more than possible.
“He’ll want more than that, he’s a fitness freak, and he’s one of the most intelligent players I’ve ever seen in my life. He’s a winner, but Man Utd still have the same problems with or without Ronaldo, and that’s midfield and goalkeeping problems.”