Ronaldo celebrating with United teammates in 2008
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed he still has a soft spot for his old club, Manchester United. The Portugese international has said he will not celebrate if he scores any goals against his former club. The two big-name, big-brand teams are set to clash in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League.
This will be Ronaldo's first time facing Manchester United since he left Old Trafford in the summer of 2009. Ronaldo was with United for six years, winning three Premier League titles, and a Champions League trophy while playing under the watchful eye of Sir Alex Ferguson.
According to The Guardian, Ronaldo told the Spanish newspaper AS:
"I won't celebrate if I score against United. I still speak with Ferguson. I miss him a lot, and I miss Manchester United. I felt very good there, it was like a family.
"I had six great years there and am still friends with my team-mates. It is thanks to Manchester United that I am here playing for Real Madrid. Without them, I wouldn't be the player I am today."
The first leg of the match will be played at the Bernabeu, then Ronaldo will make a return to Old Traffod for the second leg.
The tie also gives Sir Alex Ferguson a chance to catch up with his old friend and foe, Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho. According to The Daily Record, Ferguson said he would have to "order some good wine." The two managers have a tradition of chatting and having a nice glass of red after their teams' matches.