Former Manchester United right-back, Rafael da Silva has admitted that he wanted to tell footballing superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo not to re-join the Red Devils, revealing that he would ask him to "come to a different team".
United sealed a sensational move when they convinced Ronaldo to return to Old Trafford after a gap of 12 years, with Rafael playing alongside the Portugal icon for a year, post which he left for Real Madrid.
Rafael who spent seven years at Old Trafford, from 2008-15 and currently plays for Botafogo, jokingly admitted that he would have told the Portuguese star to join him at Botafogo, rather than see him move back to Manchester.
“If I could choose one to play here, I’d talk to Cristiano Ronaldo, tell him to come play here. Is there another one? There’s no way. I’d tell him not to go to Manchester, and I’m in love with Manchester United too, but I’d tell him to come to Botafogo, come to a different team," he told Fogao Net.
“We have a group, he’s not even there anymore, I played against him, I don’t speak regularly. But if I could speak… If I send a message he will reply.”
Ronaldo for his part has enjoyed a brilliant return to United, scoring four goals in three appearances so far, with his arrival making the Red Devils definite title favourites.