Cristiano Ronaldo was reportedly so nervous about his return to Manchester United that he didn’t even do an initiation song.
Instead, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner gave a speech to the team, stressing how “absolutely ecstatic” he was to return.
The 36-year-old rejected a move to rival City before the transfer window was closed to end a 12-year absence from the Red Devils.
In true Ronaldo style, the Portugal captain marked his first game for the club since leaving in 2009 by scoring twice in a 4-1 demolition of Newcastle.
An accomplished professional off the pitch, the former Real Madrid and Juventus striker has devoted his life to his profession in order to draw as much talent as possible.
Despite winning multiple Champions League trophies, Lee Grant told talkSPORT the veteran striker ignored traditional new signing rituals to profess his love for the club.
He revealed on Darren Bent’s Boot Room: “Everyone will know, every time someone gets up, it’s normally like ‘Here’s a spoon, get on a stool or a chair and sing.’
“And I was one of the first because I’m one of the older players, so I’m just shaking the glasses to try to see.
“We had Rafa, Jadon had to do his little piece and obviously Cristiano. We were all kind of on hot coals thinking if he was going to get up and sing.
“But he stood up, he was brilliant, obviously I’m not going to divulge the content of what he said, but it was interesting that this was one of the points he raised about his nerves.
“He repeated it after the game, so really interesting. But what I think it shows, and something we all know as players is that he really wants to be back here.
“He was incredibly excited to come back and play for the club so it’s incredibly humiliating for Manchester United fans and everyone connected with the club.
“It’s this global megastar that is absolutely thrilled to be back.”
In fact, such has already been his impact, Grant revealed that a member of the team refused to indulge in any treats ahead of Newcastle’s game at Old Trafford for fear of being judged.
“To give you an example of the impact he’s having on the group on the right,” Grant added. “It was Friday night at the group’s hotel.
“So as you know you finish your dinner and usually on a Friday night you have some cheat stuff.
“You have apple crumble or you have a little brownie and cream or whatever.”
“I’m telling you now, no player touched the apple crumble and custard, no player went to get that brownie because everyone was seated and one of the guys said to me:” What does Cristiano have on his plate? ‘
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“So we had a little glimpse of what he had and obviously it’s the cleanest, healthiest plate you can imagine.
“And it cracked me up to see that no player dared to get up and have this junk food that was laid out.”