CR7 left Utd because of weather?

English Premier League

Manchester United legend Gary Neville reveals the weather in England was one of the reasons Cristiano Ronaldo left for Spanish giants Real Madrid.

The Portuguese joined United from Sporting Lisbon in 2003 and went on to establish himself as club legend during his six years with the club.

During his time in Manchester, the Portuguese bagged 118 goals and 69 assists while also helping the club win three Premier League titles, the UEFA Champions League, two League Cups, FA Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.

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"I think, because he did the interview after the 2008 final, where he sort of alluded to the fact that he was going, it was almost like you had an advanced warning," Neville said on Sky Sports' Off Script podcast.

"So you were almost already prepared for it, you knew he was leaving the year after.

"It was coming, it was obvious that one day he would want to go and experience (Real) Madrid and LaLiga.

"I didn't speak to Cristiano, for instance, about him staying at the club for longer. I think I may have said to him during the year when he was maybe… the weather was a big problem for Cristiano.

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"I think he also wanted to obviously live in Spain and do LaLiga.

"But the weather was a big problem for him, and I felt like he'd almost travelled his path, he'd done the journey."