Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is hoping his new club can beat Manchester United in their Champions League second leg clash but the Portuguese admitted he never planned to celebrate despite scoring against his footballing “family” on Wednesday night.
Ronaldo scored the goal that gave the Spanish side a 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu but despite the significance of the game, he didn’t celebrate the strike against his former team-mates.
“I didn’t see the replay of my goal but I will. They told me it was a beautiful goal,” he told The Sun.
“I didn’t celebrate the goal because Old Trafford is a home where I played for six years, and I arrived there almost as a kid.
“It’s not about not celebrating. I want to win but I respect the people of Manchester. It was beautiful and emotional to play against my family. If I left Madrid for another team one day, I would not celebrate against Real.”
With a crucial away goal to their credit Manchester United have a slight advantage heading into the return leg on March 5, but Ronaldo is confident Madrid can progress from the tie:
“We created but did not finish off our chances, and this is wide open for the return match. We go there to score goals and go through. No big deal. We shouldn’t change the plan we have because we always have the initiative and we will try to win at Old Trafford. This 1-1 is not perfect but it’s a good result.”