‘Change Your Mindset’: Rio Ferdinand Tells Cristiano Ronaldo On His Manchester United Legacy
Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand believes forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 37 should change his mindset and leave a different type of legacy under the club’s new permanent manager, Erik ten Hag.
Ronaldo has endured a difficult season with Man United and will finish a rare season without silverware, his first in 12 years.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Ferdinand said that Ronaldo, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, should mentor younger players instead of chasing trophies and personal honors.
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“I just feel with Cristiano he’s always been known for winning, and every team he’s been at has been challenging for all the top honors. I think he’s going to have to change his mindset and leave a different type of legacy at this point in his career with Man United. It is about working out what it is going to be for Cristiano Ronaldo. Help the next manager integrate with the new team and new environment, helping with the young players and new players who come in the door,” said Ferdinand.
He added: “Be that experienced player that is a shoulder to lean on. And maybe shift his attention from glory and the trophies to really having that personal impact at the football club – it is a bit different to what he has probably done before because it’s been trophy-led all the time.”