8 Aug 2008

Ronaldo says United's European win prompted move thoughts

12:21 pm on 8 August 2008

The Portugal winger Cristiano Ronaldo says Manchester United's victory in the Champions League final in May prompted his desire to leave the club for Real Madrid.

He says he never wanted to leave against United's will and if they hadn't won the European championship he probably wouldn't have even thought about going to Madrid.

But Ronaldo says in five years he'd helped United win everything there was to win and felt maybe he needed a new challenge.

And he also admits he set the ball rolling on the transfer saga but never intended to cause friction between the two clubs.

Ronaldo scored 42 goals last season and was named England's Footballer of the Year for a second successive time.

He's recovering recovering from ankle surgery and is set to miss at least the first six matches of the new season.