Ryan Giggs reveals that he laughed the first time he saw Cristiano Ronaldo play
Manchester United are undergoing yet another tumultuous phase in their transition to a post-Alex Ferguson era. After 2 largely unsuccessful seasons under Louis Van Gaal, who despite breaking the bank, could not bring back United’s aura, Jose Mourinho has been entrusted with the job of leading United forward. A revelation about two of Fergie’s former charges, Cristiano Ronaldo and Ryan Giggs had social media aflutter recently.
Recent news reports have brought a much needed streak of humour in the lives of United fans, where it has been disclosed that Ryan Giggs, the all-conquering Welshman who was at the heart of the success United achieved under Ferguson, found Cristiano Ronaldo’s antics with the football ‘funny’ when he first saw him at United.
The duo had spent 6 years playing alongside each other in the red of United, and won everything of repute, during their time at United. Giggs mentioned, he couldn’t help but chuckle when he first saw Ronaldo play. The laughter had apparently been evoked at the sight of John O’ Shea being tormented by Ronaldo during a pre-season friendly against Sporting Lisbon.
The unfortunate O’Shea was one of the foremost casualties in the United backline which conceded defeat to the Portuguese maestro on the night, and later, another United veteran Gary Neville is believed to have urged Sir Alex to sign Ronaldo for United.
On the game, Giggs said: “You see Ronaldo get the ball, and you see him turn John O'Shea inside out, and you're having a little giggle to yourself.
“He just lit up the game, all the lads were talking to him after the game and I remember we were waiting on the coach and everybody was wondering what we were waiting for.”
Post that fateful night in 2003, Ronaldo went on to join United for 13 million pounds, and the rest is history. Winning the FA cup, the Premier league and the Champions league amongst everything else, Ronaldo became an instant hit with fans, who still remember him fondly.
Ronaldo was, in fact, a replacement for Giggs in many ways, as the once pacy winger was nearing the twilight of his career. No longer able to muster up that same amount of pace and acceleration, Giggs was adjusting to a more central role, which was key to the signing of Ronaldo. This latest piece of information should bring a smile to the faces of United’s fans, as they think of the plight of the ever-sporting John O’Shea being mesmerized by an unknown lad from Portugal.