Date: 6th August 2011 at 3:01pm
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Cristiano Ronaldo’s growth into one of the best players in the world was a joy to watch as a United fan.

The transformation from the player we signed to the player that left was remarkable and according to Edwin van der Sar it is 100% deserved as the Portuguese attacker put everything in training to ensure he got there.

Edwin used to come up against him in training and witnessing him first hand he confirms that Ronaldo is every bit as special as he appears,

Speaking to CNN, van der Sar said of Ronaldo:

Cristiano Ronaldo used to say that he wanted to be the best player in the world and probably a lot players say that, but he’s someone who really worked on it. During training he was unbelievable, just ran to the ball every time and make those actions.

“He just played a big part in our success at Man United and after training he practised his free kicks. Quite hard for a goalkeeper to save them.

“Luckily, if you speak to him I managed to save a lot from him, he scored a couple also, I’m not going to take that away from him. We always had a good understanding I think.”