Watch out United! Madrid star Ronaldo picks up some tips from Maradona ahead of Champions League clash
13:28 GMT, 3 March 2013
16:14 GMT, 3 March 2013
Big guns: Cristiano Ronaldo and Diego Maradona
Two of the world's finest players met as Real Madrid beat Barcelona in Saturday's Clasico.
Cristiano Ronaldo was one, of course, but his rival Lionel Messi was not the other. No, it was a different Argentina legend – Diego Maradona.
Perhaps Maradona was giving Ronaldo some advice ahead of Madrid's Champions League clash against Manchester United on Tuesday.
He might need it, after Gary Pallister claimed Ronaldo could choke on his return to Old Trafford.
The Portuguese forward left Manchester United for Real Madrid in the summer of 2009, becoming the most expensive player in football history at 80million.
The teams go in to the second leg of their Champions League last 16 clash poised at 1-1.
Ronaldo, who posted the picture of
himself with Maradona on Twitter, scored a brilliant header for
Jose Mourinho's side in the first leg.
He came on as a second-half substitute for Kaka in the Clasico as Mourinho opted to give him a rest.
‘It will be interesting to see how
Cristiano handles it because it’s always a bit weird going back to an
old club,' Pallister told The Daily Star Sunday.
‘I remember when I went back to Middlesbrough for the first time in a United shirt, just how weird it all felt.
‘The occasion could get to Ronaldo. Let’s hope it does.’
Watching on: Maradona at the Bernabeu with girlfriend Rocio Geraldine Oliva
Hope: Gary Pallister (left) says Ronaldo could choke
After beating Barcelona for the second
time in a week courtesy of their 2-1 on Saturday, Real will fly to England and prepare for the
game at the home of United's rivals, Manchester City.
Mourinho opted for the Etihad Stadium ahead of Old Trafford, perhaps out of fear of being spied on.
He also does not want to use the Old Trafford pitch because it is in bad shape and he does not want to make it worse for the game against Sir Alex Ferguson’s side.