Everton winger Andros Townsend can’t wait to play against idol and Man United legend Cristiano Ronaldo and explains teammates were hooked over transfer wrangle with Man City
Andros Townsend has revealed he and his Everton teammates are ‘giddy’ over Manchester United’s re-signing of Cristiano Ronaldo.
The talkSPORT co-host was speaking exclusively to Breakfast following his own move from Crystal Palace to Goodison Park in the summer.
Five-time Champions League and Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo returned to Old Trafford after a 12-year absence last month shocking the world of football.
Anticipation has been rising ahead of the former Real Madrid and Juventus striker’s second Premier League debut against Newcastle on Saturday, with stocks of his number seven shirt already running low.
But it’s not just supporters who are getting excited about Ronaldo’s return, it’s also opponents.
“I think everyone is a little bit giddy,” Townsend said.
“My era growing up 15, 16, 17 was Ronaldo’s prime at Manchester United, scoring all those goals, inventing a new way to kick a ball.
“He was our idol growing up. It’s amazing for me to hopefully share the pitch with him.”
Townsend has until 2 October to make a claim to start at Old Trafford when Rafa Benitez takes his side there for the lunchtime kick-off.
But it could have been so different. Mere hours before Ronaldo’s sensational return to United was confirmed, he looked likely to be joining rivals Manchester City.
It was reported that personal terms had been agreed, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer soon intervened to open the door to Ronaldo in a press conference.
And as it turns out, the professionals were just as hooked on the story as the punters.
“I think we were travelling for an away game and we heard the news of Ronaldo to Man City,” Townsend explained.
“So obviously we were discussing everything that goes with that and then we turned on our phones, and bang, the news has broke that he’s signed for Man United.
“It was literally all we were speaking about.”
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