Bruno Fernandes has provided details of his first meeting with ‘idol’ Cristiano Ronaldo.
Fernandes, who joined United in January, has regularly trained with Juventus star Ronaldo with the Portuguese national team and he was surprised that the former Real Madrid man approached him during a training session on international duty.
‘He immediately received me very well in the national team,’ Fernandes told Cronache Di Spogliatoio.
‘We young people look at him as an idol, for me it always has been.
‘It was very important on the first day in retreat.
He came to me, saying: “You are doing well at Sporting. Play your cards here. Keep it up”.
‘It was a dream for me: he had come to me, not vice versa.
Those words make the difference, if only the fact that he came.
‘When we look at the strongest players we respect them, but that gesture left me a sign.’
Fernandes has since followed in Ronaldo’s footsteps by leaving Sporting Lisbon for Manchester United and he admitted he had ‘shivers’ the first time he walked out at Old Trafford.