Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo says that he still thinks about Manchester United and misses Sir Alex Ferguson despite him finding so much success in Spain.
The 29-year-old Portuguese on Monday beat Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer to lift the FIFA Ballon d'Or for a second consecutive year following his excellent performances at Real Madrid last season.
Despite his colossus achievements in Spain, the Portuguese says that he still thinks about Manchester United, the club where he first made a real name for himself.
"I think about Manchester United," Ronaldo said. "The beginning of my career was there, that's where I started. I know the fans are there supporting me."
Although Ronaldo says that he hasn't been congratulated by Ferguson for winning the Ballon d'Or, the Portuguese insists that he is still in touch with the former Manchester United boss .
"I haven't had a message from Sir Alex yet but I speak with him often. He told me to keep improving all the time. He said: 'Cristiano, you're the best, don't worry about the rest'. He's fantastic, I miss him."
Despite his love for Manchester United, Ronaldo, who signed a new contract that will keep him in the Spanish capital until 2018, quashed all rumours of him returning to Old Trafford, insisting that he is looking to win more silverware with Real Madrid.
"I signed a new contract for many years so I am motivated to win more things for the club," he added.
Meanwhile, Ronaldo has spoken in favour of his teammate Gareth Bale, who was recently criticised by fans for shooting at goal instead of passing the ball to the Portuguese during Real Madrid's La Liga win over Espanyol on Saturday.
Although Bale could have passed the ball to Ronaldo, who was in a very good position to score, he decided to go for glory himself, and this resulted in him dragging his effort wide of the target.
However, Ronaldo, despite admiring the sentiments of the Real Madrid fans, feels that the supporters should forget what happened on Saturday and continue supporting Bale.
"Madrid fans are always the same, they are very intense, they show what they feel, they aren't liars," added Ronaldo.
"What happened on Saturday is in the past - sometimes I make mistakes too so it's part of the business, part of football. I think the people will be nice with him and they should be nice with him."