Ronaldo completed his sensational return to the Red Devils on deadline day after leaving the club in 2009. real Madrid.
Rafael spent seven years at Old Trafford from 2008-15 and the fullback recently returned to his homeland with Botafogo after spells in Lyon and Istanbul Basaksehir.
Speaking about Ronaldo’s return, the Brazilian jokingly admitted that he wished he could tell the Portuguese star to join him at Botafogo rather than see him return to Manchester.
“If I could choose someone to play here, I would talk to Cristiano Ronaldo and tell him to come and play here. Is there anyone else? There is no way,” he said. Network stove.
“I would tell him not to go to Manchester and I’m in love with him. Manchester United I would tell him to come to Botafogo, to come to a different team.
“We have a group, he is not even there anymore, I played against him, I do not speak regularly. But if I could talk… If I send a message, he will reply.”
Rafael also interviewed United legend Ryan Giggs, with whom Brazil played for a long time in England.
“Giggs played very well, a lot. Of the guys I’ve played with, there’s none better than him. It’s a phenomenon,” he added.
Rafael played 170 games for United and became the champion. Premier League three times during his time in Manchester.
Meanwhile, Ronaldo made an impact both on and off the field Since rejoining the Red Devils.
The Portuguese star has already scored four goals, including two in his 4-1 win in his debut. Newcastle.
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“Cristiano came just as we hoped, he knows Man United, he’s been here before, the same as Tom Heaton,” Solskjaer said.
“The two of them know the culture, they know what we do, they learned here, they came back, and they gave these young kids an insight into what you could have in your career.
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“They talk to them about their own past experience. How we do things here is within the walls and you have to experience it to convey that, with the career that Cristiano has of course Anthony, Mason, Marcus, Anthony Martial is still young players and they can learn from the best.
“They know the prospects, the circus and everything that happened before the Newcastle game, Cristiano handled it well and the other players handled it really well. That’s what we do. Good players come and you learn from them but you still want to take them.” their place.”
United continued its impressive start to its new Premier League campaign on Sunday. beat West Ham 2-1 At the London Stadium, thanks to late winner Jesse Lingard.