Jonathan Woodgate has revealed Brazilian Ronaldo was the first teammate to speak to him after his nightmare Real Madrid debut 16 years ago.
Arriving in the Spanish capital in 2004, the English defender was injured during his first full season at the Bernabeu.
Speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes at the launch of Tottenham vs Leeds, Woodgate said: “I was 24 when I made my Real Madrid debut – the main thing people forget about that game is that we won, thankfully I was honest about that, to be honest with you.
“Ronaldo was the first person to come and talk to me after that game. He asked me how I was, and obviously I told him I was disappointed with myself.
“However, he saw the positives. Obviously I missed a whole season because of injury, and he told me not to be disappointed with myself, because my leg is fine.
“That’s the most important thing; that I made it through my debut without injury.” You’re on the rise, now” he told me.
“It’s great to hear, especially from a player of this caliber. It really gets me through, and I quickly realize that everyone makes mistakes throughout their careers. .
“I’m glad we won the game.”
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