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Eric Djemba-Djemba friendship played crucial role in Cristiano Ronaldo's Man Utd success

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Cristiano Ronaldo enjoyed a close friendship with Eric Djemba-Djemba after joining Manchester United as a teenager back in 2003 from Sporting Lisbon.The tricky winger moved to Old Trafford after catching the eye of Sir Alex Ferguson during the opening fixture at the Estadio Jose Alvalade just over 18 years ago.Having paid a transfer fee of around £12million, Ronaldo then had the task of settling in a foreign country while trying to repay the faith of the iconic manager.Despite that being an unenviable task, Ronaldo's time at the club was made more comfortable by his affinity with Djemba-Djemba, who had joined from Nantes the same summer.Nicky Butt, speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes, said: "It was over those first couple of years at United.

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