Cristiano Ronaldo: Real Madrid fans should follow Manchester United way
Real Madrid fans do not support their team enough when they are playing badly and should try to be as intimidating to visiting teams as Manchester United supporters, according to Cristiano Ronaldo.
"We know that we have the duty to put on a show but sometimes it's not possible," the Portuguese forward, who joined Real from United, told the Spanish sports newspaper Marca.
"We always try but at times the team are not playing well and the fans could give us more support. The Manchester United fans, for example, were very intimidating for Liverpool or Manchester City in those matches. I think that if our supporters tried to do that it would be much better for everyone and would give the players a big boost."
Ronaldo, who returned to action in late November after two months out with an ankle injury, said his fitness was improving. He also said he intended to win back the Fifa World Player of the Year award after Barcelona's Lionel Messi won the 2009 prize this month.
"I have the ambition to be the best," Ronaldo said. "By God's grace I have already won the trophy for the best player in the world but I hope to win it again, either this year or next, but I will win it again."
David Beckham has admitted he nearly cried when he discovered AC Milan were paired with Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League.
Beckham is back with the Rossoneri for a second loan spell and the Italian giants were paired with his old club in the last 16 of Europe's prestigious club competition. The England international began his career at Old Trafford and made over 300 appearances for the Red Devils prior to leaving the Premier League giants for Real Madrid in 2003.
The games with United are Beckham's first against his former club and he admits his emotions got the better of him when he found out he would be returning to the Theatre of Dreams.
"When I knew the draw, I nearly cried," revealed Beckham.
"I love the club. It's going to be an emotional night.
The former England captain cannot wait for the fixture, admitting he misses the club every single day.
"It’s such a special occasion - to be there in front of the fans, manager and friends. It’s going to be incredible,” he said as he began his second spell on loan with Milan.
“I don’t know whether I’ll be happy if we lose because I’d like to progress further in the competition and when you come up against a club that you support and a club that you spent so many great years at and [you’ve] still got so many friends at the club, those things are always difficult.
"But it’s a nice problem to have because I’ve never returned to Old Trafford as a player."
"In seven years I miss it every day." "I miss being a Manchester United player, I miss the club, I miss the fans and friends at the club. It’s always going to be a special place in my heart."
"To return as an AC Milan player makes it extra special.
"That’s the big thing for me, to return with a team like this and a club like this. It’s got so much history, which is the same with Manchester United."