Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed that Manchester United are the top team in the English Premier League despite their disappointing start to the season.
The former Old Trafford star joined the Serie A champions in the summer after a nine-year spell at Real Madrid.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner, who enjoyed a successful period in England, was heavily linked with a return to United before signing for the Italian side.
The Red Devils have struggled in recent seasons after Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement and find themselves sixth in the table so far this season.
Jose Mourinho side are absolutely dominated by fierce rivals Liverpool and Manchester City who are leading the league.
However, Ronaldo insists his former side are still the best in England, despite Liverpool topping the Premier League under Mourinho.
“Juve are different to everyone else in many ways, even in the way they treat me,” Ronaldo told Corriere dello Sport.
“Small details make a big difference.”
“However, I prefer to emphasise similarities. Manchester United, Real and Juve are the top teams in their respective countries, but here the roads are divided.”
“Italian teams, for example, tend to defend more on the field, while things are much more relaxed away from football in Spain.”
“In Italy, the concentration, dedication and commitment are greater. At the end of the day, the level is similar.”
The 33-year-old, who won three Premier League titles and Champions League with United, admits he considered a number of offers before making his decision to join Juventus.
“I had several offers to leave Madrid,” he added.
“I’ll never say which ones, but Juventus are a solid club.”
“They have so much history. Two Champions League Finals, seven League titles. I knew the atmosphere of their stadium.”
“I’d played in Italy several times before, a couple of times against Juventus. I felt a connection and then everything else.”
“I couldn’t be 100 per cent sure that I was joining the best club in the world, given I spent nine years at Real Madrid. But I’m 100 per cent sure I made the right decision at the right time.”