Ronaldo's Warning to Beckham

By Hughes, Matt | The Evening Standard (London, England), June 20, 2003 | Go to article overview

Ronaldo's Warning to Beckham


Hughes, Matt, The Evening Standard (London, England)


Byline: MATT HUGHES

DAVID BECKHAM has been warned by Ronaldo that he will be under intense pressure at the Bernabeu following his [pounds sterling]25 million move to Real Madrid.

Ronaldo, speaking after training ahead of Madrid's season-ending game against Athletic Bilbao in a match they must win to make sure of the Spanish title, said: "Real Madrid have some difficult and demanding fans.

"I've seen that myself all season, and I think Beckham will have it harder than I did. But I hope he will adapt quickly to the club."

Ronaldo joined Real from Internazionale on the eve of this season. Some madrid players have expressed disappointment that the Beckham announcement has been a distraction ahead of Sunday's game.

Ronaldo said: "I don't think we'll be distracted for the last league game which is very important.

"We are very happy that Beckham is coming. He'll be a big help in the future, but we must think about the league at the moment.

"I think Beckham could add a lot to the team, but we'll have to see."

Arsene Wenger believes that Beckham's move could be the first of several summer departures from Old Trafford.

The Arsenal manager taunted his Manchester United counterpart Sir Alex Ferguson by suggesting that the club's core of home-grown players could be about to break up.

Beckham, together with Gary and Phil Neville, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Nicky Butt, all came through the United ranks at a similar time, and Wenger believes that the England captain will not be the last to leave.

He said: "For me, it was a surprise. One of the things that made Manchester great is going and with it the togetherness that that group of players had, and the things they had achieved. …

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