“I knew I’d score.”
This was the text sent by Ronaldo to one-time teammate Rio Ferdinand after scoring a 95th minute winner.
United were heading towards a deserved draw until Ronaldo scored a dramatic last gasp winner helping Manchester United win their first match after losing to Young Boys in their opening group match.
Paco Alcacer had opened the scoring before defender Alex Telles scored a magnificent volley from a Bruno Fernandes free kick to level the match.
After the match, Rio Ferdinand revealed the Portuguese forward had sent him a text.
He sent me a text tonight saying, ”I didn’t’ play well but I knew I’d score,'” Ferdinand said.
“That’s the belief that he has. The other players are feeding off it. It’s a great place to be.
“United’s performance today wasn’t great, it wasn’t at the level Ole wants it to be. But when you need a goal, a moment to galvanize the squad, the stadium, the fanbase, Cristiano Ronaldo steps up.
“He wants to be that guy the chance falls to. His goal record says it all. He’s there for the big moments. He’s a big part of that too.
Ronaldo’s goal against Villarreal was his 136th in the Champions League – further extending his lead as the competition’s all-time top scorer.