Cristiano Ronaldo reveals Rio Ferdinand pestered him to rejoin Manchester United

The Ballon d'Or winner, who was a Manchester United player between 2003 and 2009, is still a fan favourite at Old Trafford and was pestered by defender Rio Ferdinand to make a stunning return to the side last year.

updated: January 14, 2014 22:51 IST
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London: Newly crowned Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed that he was pestered to rejoin Manchester United last year by former team-mate Rio Ferdinand.

Ronaldo scored 117 goals for United between 2003 and 2009 before leaving for Real Madrid and he suggested that he had contemplated returning to Old Trafford last year.

"It was true that Rio spoke to me a lot," the 28-year-old told reporters following the Ballon d'Or ceremony in Zurich, in comments published by several British national newspapers on Tuesday.

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