Cristiano Ronaldo has thanked Manchester United supporters for the warm welcome they gave him on his Old Trafford comeback last year.
The Portuguese great returned to Manchester in October of last year as his Juventus side recorded an impressive 1-0 win in the Champions League group stages.
It marked only the second time Ronaldo had played a competitive match at Old Trafford since he left United for a then-world record fee to join Real Madrid back in 2009.
Ronaldo was cheered by supporters throughout the match and made a telling impact for the Italian side when he expertly set-up Paulo Dybala for the only goal of the game.
The 33-year-old continues to be held in high esteem by United supporters and it appears the respect for one another is a mutual feeling shared by the player.
When asked to reflect on another memorable year in his playing career, Ronaldo took the opportunity to thank supporters of his former club for the continued affection they have shown him.
“Manchester? It was a great comeback, the Manchester fans have always welcomed me like when I played at Old Trafford,” he told Portuguese outlet Record.
“Even the Santiago Bernabeu was my home for many years and will always be a very special stadium for me.
“I will always have a great affection for that club and those fans with great pleasure and I expect to be well received.”