Ronaldo: I still miss Manchester United

The 27-year-old is on the verge of sealing his first La Liga title with Real Madrid following victory in El Clasico but admits he retains a soft spot for his former club

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo admits he misses former club Manchester United and insists he still enjoys a healthy relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson.

The winger spent six years at Old Trafford before switching to the Spanish giants for a record fee of £80 million in 2009.

This season has seen the 27-year-old break his own record of 40 goals in La Liga and he clinched the winner in last weekend’s El Clasico, putting Madrid in the driving seat for the title.

However, Ronaldo claims he still chats with former manager Ferguson and admits he misses the company of his old team-mates.

Speaking to Zoo magazine, he said: “I speak with Sir Alex sometimes and of course I miss Manchester.

“It felt like I left a family back there because I spent six years with all those guys and I still have a very good relationship with Ferguson and the rest of the lads.

“I still speak with Rio Ferdinand, Nani, Anderson and Patrice Evra. I still see them as a big family, so of course I miss them.

"I especially miss the apple crumble and custard they served at Carrington after training — it was amazing!"

Asked what he particularly missed about working under Fergie, Ronaldo joked: “Ha! I miss his good moods all the time! Always happy. Ha ha!

“But he always had a good energy around the players and the team — and I miss that.”

Ronaldo also insists that he has grown as a player since his United days, but recognises his Champions League win with the Red Devils as one of his many highlights as a player.

He added: "I’m enjoying my football so much at the moment and I think I’m much better now than when I was younger.

"The best moments of my career so far have been when I won the Champions League with Manchester United and when I won my first title here with Real Madrid.

"And when I won the best player in the world, the Golden Boot — those were all special moments for me. Of course, I have many regrets and not just on the pitch, either. But I always try and improve myself.

"When I do something good, I carry on doing that and when I make mistakes I try to change them. I never regret making mistakes because I like to learn from them on and off the pitch.

"Last season I scored 40 goals and now the fans expect me to score more. That’s a lot of pressure but I always try to improve on the last year."

The explosive attacker is expected to be one of the major stars to watch in this summer’s Euro 2012 tournament and he believes Portugal can pull through a difficult group which includes Germany and Holland.

"My expectations for Portugal in the Euros are high because it’s a great competition," he added.

"We are in a very hard group and it will be tough to beat Germany and Holland but I think it will be possible for us to go forward."

And when asked if he could play for Portugal at London 2012 later this year, he added: "Why not? You never know."