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Rio Ferdinand stunned after visiting Cristiano Ronaldo's house during first Manchester United spell

By Amreen
Ferdinand admitted he was stunned visiting Ronaldo's home
Ferdinand admitted he was stunned visiting Ronaldo's home / Clive Mason/Getty Images

Rio Ferdinand has explained why he was left stunned after visiting Cristiano Ronaldo's house during the Manchester United star's first spell at the club.

The former United man spoke to Anthony Joshua, who is gearing up to defend his WBO, IBF, and WBA heavyweight titles against the Ukrainian at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this Saturday.

Joshua asked Ferdinand, 42, who the best player he played with and he replied: “Obviously Cristiano is just ridiculous.

"When he joined us he was a baby, but his intelligence to grow, his obsession to get better and his desire to be the best was just relentless. I’ve never seen anything like it, just a man possessed to get to the top and would do anything to get there.”

Joshua then questioned: “What can I learn as an athlete with characters trying to get better at what they do?”

Rio answered: “I think you’ve gotta be brave – people never talk about Cristiano’s bravery. He was brave to take risks, he came over to another country. He was brave to remain the person that he was, and didn't change really.

“He became obsessed with the sport that he chose and then drilled down into details which was building a team around himself. I went round his house one time and I walked in and he had about six/seven people siting in his front room. I said to him, ‘Cris, who are all these people, man?’

“He was like, ‘That’s my personal masseur, my nutritionist, my doctor, my physio, my chef.’

“He had all these people and back then no one was doing that. He was a visionary in that sense. He’s just looking for every little detail that’s going to enable him to improve.

"He’ll send me a picture and he’s doing deep water recovery sessions in the sea. He’s driven two hours to get there when he was in Turin with Juventus. Other people are at home or out at dinner. He’s just looking for that extra edge.”

Ronaldo has been in fine form since his return to Old Trafford, scoring four goals in three appearances for the Red Devils so far.