Could Cristiano Ronaldo be hinting at a return to Manchester United next season? Image: Getty
Real Madrid's star forward Cristiano Ronaldo admitted he misses playing at his former football club Manchester United before the fans there, ahead of his team's Champions League final clash against Juventus in Cardiff on Saturday.
Ronaldo was speaking about his frustration at being whistled at by some of his own fans. The Real forward has netted 285 league goals in 241 league appearances since leaving Manchester for the Spanish capital back in 2009.
"I spent a lot of years at Manchester United and it (home fans booing) never happened to me. Not even once," the 32-year-old told Spanish TV La Sexta ahead of the final in Wales
"Maybe England is a case apart, the mentality is different," he said.
"I'm very happy being in Spain but obviously I also miss England because you can't just turn off the memories."
Ronaldo said he feels the whistling by own fans is not something that is normal. "I don't like it and it's not normal that they whistle you in your own stadium. I just don't like it... It shouldn't be the case that a player who always wants to give his best and give 100 per cent for this team, when he makes his first mistake people whistle."
Despite being Real Madrid most consistent and all-time top scorer since his arrival from the Theatre of Dreams, Ronaldo has been at the receiving end of jeers and whistles every time he has failed to live up tho their lofty expectations.
"It's not correct. And when you are on a difficult run, that is when you need extra support from outside, not less. Sometimes we don't have it," he said.
Ronaldo signed a new five-year contract with the La Liga title holders in November 2016, which keeps him as the club's top paid player.
"I said when I signed my latest contract that it would be my penultimate and that I would play on until I was 41," the four-time Ballon d'Or winner said.
Ronaldo's opponents Juventus come into the game with a treble in their sights while Zinedine Zidane and Madrid will be bidding to become the first team to successfully defend the trophy in the Champions league era.
(With inputs from IANS)