Former wonderkid Freddy Adu has revealed how Cristiano Ronaldo made him feel welcome during a trial at Manchester United aged just 16.
Adu garnered worldwide headlines in 2004 after signing for DC United as a 14-year-old, and inevitably the talented youngster started attracting attention from European football's elite clubs.
The gifted forward agreed to undergo a trial with United and trained with stars including Wayne Rooney, Ryan Giggs and Cristiano Ronaldo.
At the time the Portugal star was on his way to becoming one of the best players in the world, but, despite that, Adu explained that Ronaldo went out of his way to help him during his time in Manchester.
When quizzed about his trial with the Red Devils and which players helped him to settle, Adu told BritishGambler.co.uk: "Cristiano Ronaldo!
"Everybody is always talking about Ronaldo is arrogant, he is this and that, but let me tell you that out of all of the players that were there – he was the one person out of all of them that made it a point to come to me, to talk to me, offered to take me to dinner.
"I mean, he was an amazing person. Of course, I already had huge respect for Ronaldo, but after that, I had so much respect for him and he literally became my favourite player just because of the kind of person that he was and what I witnessed."
However, due to issues regarding a work permit Adu wasn’t able to carve out a career for himself in England.
The former United States international did go on to play on the continent for the likes of Benfica and Monaco, but ultimately didn’t live up to the hype that surrounded him early on in his career.
His tale about Ronaldo does offer an insight into the personality of the Portuguese superstar, and what role he might play with the club's young stars going forward.
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