Cristiano Ronaldo could be a newcomer to Manchester United, but he is no stranger and was immediately appointed as the leader of the locker room, as evidenced by the speech he gave to his new team-mates before their victory against Newcastle United last weekend.
The Portuguese striker is a player with high expectations from both him and those around him. Ronaldo has also returned to Old Trafford on a mission, and on the eve of his second debut he called on his team-mates to help him be successful.
“Ronaldo’s speech was very powerful and uplifting. The whole group of players and coaching staff listened in silence,” a source told The Sun.
“He told his team-mates: ‘I’m back at Man United for two reasons. The first is because I love the club. The second is that I love the winning mentality that arises in the ranks of this club.”
“I did not return to be a fan cheerleader. If you guys want to succeed, then I need you to love this club from your heart. You have to eat, sleep and fight for this club. Whether you play or not, you have to support your teammates and always give 100 percent to the club.”
The 36-year-old’s message was clear: he is here to win and he believes Manchester United players have what it takes to set up the club where he thinks it belongs.
“I am here to win and nothing else. Victory brings us happiness. I want to be happy, don’t you? ” said Ronaldo, according to The Sun source.
“You are all great players and I believe in you, otherwise I would not be back. The fans will support you if you do your best. I just want to create a winning mentality, so when I retire one day, that mentality will remain, and this group of players will dominate football, as we did in the past.”
“I will do my best for the team, but I also need your support. Are you ready to fight? Are you ready to leave everything on the field? ”
After hearing his emotionally charged speech, the Red Devils players and staff applauded their new leader.