"I am unable to recognise the Cristiano Ronaldo who left Sporting. Sporting is good at development, but he has responded to playing for Manchester United," said Soares Franco.

"I watched the game with Roma and, for me, Manchester, which had eleven on the field, now have eight of the best players in the world.

"Cristiano Ronaldo has become No1 by being at Manchester United, playing in the best league in the world and by playing every year in the Champions League."