London, Mar 6: Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo says that when he first arrived at Old Trafford, he cried, and added that it took him some time to toughen up.
In an interview given to The Mirror, Ronaldo said that he did not believe opponents deliberately targeted him.
"I don't believe people just want to do something wrong on purpose. In my experience, the game is not carried out that way. I've never had any serious problems. I do remember when a goalkeeper said that the only way to stop United is to target Ronaldo - I went on to score two past him," the tabloid quoted him, as saying.
Ronaldo said that when arrived to play for the Red Devils as an 18-year-old, he was so homesick he would cry every time he spoke with his family back in his native Madeira.
He claims the heartache he suffered when he moved to England proved the making of him and armed him with the necessary mental strength to become European and World Player of the Year.