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Last Updated: Sunday, 24 September 2006, 10:21 GMT 11:21 UK
Winger Ronaldo in Man Utd pledge
Man Utd winger Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo initially had doubts about returning to Old Trafford
Cristiano Ronaldo did consider leaving Manchester United but now wants to leave a lasting impression at the club.

The Portugal star weighed up his future after the controversy over his alleged part in United team-mate Wayne Rooney's World Cup dismissal for England.

The 21-year-old winger told the Sunday Mirror: "It's true I said after the World Cup I might have to leave.

"But what I want to do is leave my mark on the club and for the fans to say I was one of the club's great players."

Ronaldo was unsure of the reception he would receive back at Old Trafford after Portugal's stormy World Cup quarter-final with England in July.

But he said: "I spoke to my agent and United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and I took a calm decision and decided to stay.

I have told him he can become not just one of the best players in the world but the best

Man Utd assistant boss Carlos Queiroz

"I really think it is the best decision but when we are hot-headed sometimes we say things we don't mean.

"Whether I will be here for another two, three, five or 10 years or until the end of my career I don't know.

"What is important is that things turned out well. I'm at Manchester and I feel very good. This is one of the biggest clubs in the world."

United assistant manager Carlos Queiroz has backed Ronaldo's decision to stay and has told him he could become the best player in the world.

Queiroz confirmed: "I have told him he can become not just one of the best players in the world but the best.

"When you deal with young players it's not about telling them or forcing them to do certain things.

"It's about getting them to think about life, principles and values, teaching them how to think for themselves and come up with the right answers.

"With Cristiano, I am always trying to create that special ambition and desire within him."

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