And Ronaldo says he felt he had to leave United for Real for a fresh challenge in the Spanish capital. I learned to be better and better, to be around the best players in the world.
Ferdinand faces an even tougher task than either Woodhouse or McKenzie though, with plans afoot to fight in the heavyweight division against bulkier men who can really pack a punch.
Having accomplished almost everything there is to do in football, it could be the case that four-time Ballon d'Or victor Ronaldo needs to satiate his competitive desires in some fashion after hanging up his boots. "But I think it was more for my family", Ronaldo told The Players' Tribune.
"I just thought "I want to go there to show my level, to show I'm a different player".
According to Rio Ferdinand, a club legend who once captained the team and accomplished a lot during his time in the Red Devils back line, Mourinho is testing Shaw. All these people coming just to see me. "If you have talent and you work hard, you can be a huge player".More news: Las Vegas gunman's partner 'an Australian'
"I arrived, had a fantastic first season, then second, and I improved every season". "It was a great experience".
Upon being asked by Ferdinand what he sees himself doing in 10 years, and the prospect of winning more personal accolades, Ronaldo struggled to contain his laughter and blurted out: "10 years?"
Ronaldo has endured a frustrating start to the 2017-18 campaign and has failed to score in La Liga up to now, with the Portuguese having been suspended for his side's first four league games of the season. "Maybe I will be a boxer like you", Ronaldo joked before laughing his head off.
"The most important thing is to win trophies. One bad pass in a game, shy away from taking the ball again for the next 10/15 minutes", continued Ferdinand.