Former Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo remains calm over returning to former stomping ground Old Trafford next week.
The Portuguese international will lead his side out against Lionel Messi’s Argentina in a highly anticipated international friendly match between the two footballing heavyweights.
It will be the 29-year-old’s second appearance at Old Trafford since swapping the Red Devils for Real Madrid after previously helping the Spanish giants knock his former team out of the Champions League.
Next week’s match, however, proposes to be quite different as a number of United supporters are said to be attending in support of their former hero.
When asked how he feels about returning to the ground which made him so famous, Ronaldo responded with tranquillity as he played down the importance of the occasion.
“It’s a friendly – if it was the World Cup then it would be special but it’s only a friendly and it doesn’t count for anything more than that. Though, of course it will be very special for me to return to Old Trafford,” he said, quoted by the Spanish publication AS.
Ronaldo scored a total of 118 goals in 292 appearances in all competitions for United before moving to the Santiago Bernabeu in 2009 for a reported £80 million fee.
While under the guidance of former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, the two-time Ballon d’Or winner won three Premier League titles, one FA Cup and the Champions League in 2007.