Cristiano Ronaldo persuaded two players to join Man Utd with a simple phone call

Cristiano Ronaldo once phoned two Manchester United transfer targets and convinced them to join the club ahead of bitter rivals Arsenal.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was deployed by Sir Alex Ferguson to secure the signings of twin full-backs Rafael and Fabio da Silva.

Rafael told the UTD Podcast that he received a call from ‘CR7‘ as a teenager and his influence helped them make their decision.

“He called my phone, and I’ll never forget that,” the current Botafogo man beamed.

“My phone had all the zeros [on the screen, to indicate an international call] and I was saying ‘Who is this? I’ve never received a call like this.’ I answered, and I knew him because I’d trained with him before.

“He just said: ‘Ah, [Portuguese greeting]!’ I ran to my bus saying: ‘It’s Ronaldo, it’s Ronaldo! He’s calling us to speak!’

“He just said: ‘It’s raining here, it’s raining here in Manchester, like you know.’ He said: ‘I call to say to you guys: sign for Manchester United. I know you are going to like it,’ et cetera.

“I could not believe [it]. It was amazing.”

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