Ronaldo: Cristiano more 'complete' at Real than at Man United

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The legendary Brazil striker has said his namesake raised his game even further when he left Old Trafford to join Real Madrid.

When Cristiano Ronaldo joined Manchester United for £12.24m in 2003, he was a teenager with a slight frame and possessed a natural propensity to dribble. Over the coming seasons, Sir Alex Ferguson nurtured the Portuguese phenom's talent, turned the winger into more of a goal-scorer and oversaw a physical change that led Ronaldo to become well-balanced, powerful and strong.

Despite transferring away from Old Trafford in 2009 aged 24, Ronaldo continued to develop. His goal-scoring prowess was evident in 2008, when he returned 42 goals from 49 appearances in all competitions for United.

However, at Real Madrid, the £80m forward achieved a consistency in front of goal that he never had in Manchester. He is now a one goal per game goalscorer and has, to date, returned 208 goals from 205 appearances.

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Legendary striker Ronaldo, currently in his native Brazil working on making the 2014 World Cup the most memorable international football tournament to date, believes his namesake is more 'complete' in Madrid.

'Cristiano is very good,' he explained to the club's official website. 'He has become a much more rounded player here and everyone gets excited about watching him play the way he does here with Real Madrid.

'Coming here has been good for him. He was already scoring a lot of goals for Manchester United, but here he scores a lot more and he has developed a taste for being a goal-scorer. He is a very complete player.'

Ronaldo is currently Real Madrid's fifth highest ever goalscorer and is fast closing in on club icons such as Ferenc Puskas (242 goals), Carlos Santillana (289), Alfredo di Stefano (305) and Raul (323).

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