Ronaldo was introduced to 80,000 adoring fans at the Bernabeu last night following his world record breaking £80 million move from Old Trafford to Real Madrid — and the Portuguese superstar proved a huge hit.
Typically confident, 24-year-old Ronaldo stated that he believed he would cope with the pressure of delivering for Madrid.
And he added that he had no regrets about leaving United, after helping Sir Alex Ferguson’s side to a third successive domestic title and second successive Champions League final last season.
United lost 2-0 to Barcelona in the European Cup decider, which turned out to be Ronaldo’s last game for the Red Devils.
“I think we made the right decision. I wanted to win the Premier League and we reached the Champions League final. I am happy with the season I had last year,” he said.
“I have to say thank you to all (United) supporters, the boss (Sir Alex Ferguson), friends and team-mates — I've been there six years and have friends there. But people will understand and respect my decision.”
Ronaldo added that he joked with United boss Ferguson about a possible reunion in the Champions League.
“He was saying about getting (Patrice) Evra to kick me. I hope to play against United, I really hope it will happen,” said Ronaldo, who could make his Real debut in Dublin on July 20 in a pre-season friendly against Shamrock Rovers, managed by former Northern Ireland and Glentoran midfielder Michael O’Neill.