Cristiano Ronaldo’s cousin reveals former United star went for a training session when team landed back in Manchester the night they won 2008 Champions League against Chelsea
- Cristiano Ronaldo won the first of his five Champions League titles back in 2008
- Ronaldo helped Manchester United beat Chelsea 6-5 on penalties in Moscow
- The United squad returned to England in the early hours of the following day
- Nuno Viveiros claimed that Ronaldo hit training swiftly after United landed
Cristiano Ronaldo’s cousin, Nuno Viveiros, has told a tale about the Juventus star that highlights his remarkable dedication to his career.
According to Nuno, instead of attending wild parties the night he won his first Champions League in 2008, Ronaldo went for a training session almost as soon as he and his Manchester United team-mates returned from Moscow.
Remembering the events after Ronaldo and Co beat Chelsea in a famous penalty shootout at the Luzhniki Stadium, Nuno told Tuttosport: ‘I lived with Cristiano in Manchester for five years, an unforgettable experience.
Cristiano Ronaldo won the Champions League final with Manchester United in May 2008
‘The night when the team won the Champions League in 2008. Do you remember the final of Moscow with Chelsea that ended on penalties?
‘Terry slides into the right post of the goal and at the end Van der Sar saves Anelka’s shot.
‘Do you know what Cristiano did when we got back to Manchester that night? He went to train.
‘He went to train after becoming a champion. European Champion at the age of twenty-three, he is like that, he’s a real son of Madeira.’
Ronaldo and his United team-mates celebrated after beating Chelsea in a penalty shootout
Ronaldo left United 12 months after their 2008 European triumph.
He went on to win the Champions League four more times with Real Madrid before leaving Spain to join Juventus this summer.
His quest for Champions League title No 6 begins on September 19 when Juve visit Valencia in their Group H opener.
Young Boys and former club United are also in Group H. Ronaldo will return to Old Trafford on October 23, before United visit Turin two weeks later.
The United team returned to Manchester from Moscow in the early hours of the following day