Rio Ferdinand called Cristiano Ronaldo at 3am to persuade the former Manchester United team-mate not to sign for rivals Manchester City

Not all heroes wear capes… As was the case when Rio Ferdinand, he helped prevent Cristiano Ronaldo from moving to Manchester City.

It is well known that former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson called his former star to persuade him not to sign for the rivals Red Devils.


Ferdinand didn’t want his friend to sign for City

And called him to persuade him


And called him to persuade him

Now it’s been revealed he wasn’t the only one who called the footballing icon to convince him not to ruin his legacy with Manchester’s red side.

His former teammate Ferdinand too.

According to new information revealed in the book ‘Messi vs Ronaldo’, Ferdinand called his Ronaldo at 3am asking him not to join Pep Guardiola’s team.

The footballer turned pundit seemed to have a big impact on Ronaldo.

Although that’s not too surprising considering they played side-by-side for six years at Old Trafford before the latter’s transfer to Real Madrid.

After the deal with Man City appeared to be off and the Red Devils moved into pole position, the legendary defender posted a rather cryptic tweet.

The pundit simply uploaded a photo of himself smiling in sunglasses with a framed photo of a Man United signed photo on the wall in the background, with the caption ‘………….’.

Man United fans can thank Ferdinand for helping persuade CR7


Man United fans can thank Ferdinand for helping persuade CR7

And of course, just before the summer transfer window closed, Ronaldo made his return to Man United, signing a two-year contract – snubbing Man City.

‘Messi vs Ronaldo’ reveals many more aspects of Ronaldo’s life, including the fact that he and fellow footballing legend Messi nearly faced off in an All-Star style match at Wembley in 2017.


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