Cristiano Ronaldo reveals why he ditched the party tricks at Manchester United to become a lethal goalscorer at Real Madrid

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Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed why he left his famous twinkle toes behind at Manchester United to go on and become one of the world’s greatest goalscorers at Real Madrid.

When the Portugal captain joined the Old Trafford side at the age of 18 he often brought attention to himself with his quick feet and stepovers.

Throughout his six seasons at United, Ronaldo tortured defenders, breezing past them in a flash.

But after joining Real Madrid for a world record £80million fee, the stepovers dwindled and goals rose. Unbelievably, Ronaldo evolved.

Ronaldo spoke of his transition to Soufiane Touzani after inviting the famous freestyler round for some back garden keepy-uppies.

When asked why he cut out his skills to become a lethal goalscorer, Ronaldo replied: “Because I think in a game the most important thing is to win and goals help to win. You can mix – first goal, then assistance and then tricks after.

“The people want goals so I try to score goals.”

Touzani also asked Ronaldo if he misses the party tricks. “No. I still do it, not the same as I did it in Manchester but I still do it,” said Ronaldo. “I prefer goals, I focus more on the goals and skills is the third plan.”

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