Ballon d’Or: Silvestre reveals Cristiano Ronaldo prediction


Former Manchester United defender, Mikel Silvestre has claimed he told Cristiano Ronaldo he would win the Ballon d’Or in future when they played together at Old Trafford.

Ronaldo joined United as an 18-year-old from Sporting CP for just £12million in 2003.

The Portugal captain went on to establish himself as one of the greatest players in the Red Devils’ recent history.

Silvestre was among those to notice his immense potential right from the very start.

“Ronaldo was just making the step from teenager to man. He was still built like a teenager and also played more like a teenager.

“He sometimes overdid it and made the wrong decisions. Cristiano created many chances and took them all on, but it took some time and a lot of shouting from the coach and his teammates for him to keep it simpler and respect the game. He learned quickly and his response was amazing, as you can see now.

“After a few years I told him that one day he would win the Ballon d’Or. He developed the right attitude and got stronger and better,” Silvestre has told Goal.

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