Cristiano Ronaldo refused to celebrate his goal during the 1-1 draw with Manchester United out of respect for his six years with the Old Trafford club.
Ronaldo scored Real Madrid’s first half equaliser after Danny Welbeck had put the visitors ahead in the first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie at the Bernabeu.
‘I was in Manchester for six years so tonight was very emotional for me,’ the Portuguese said.
‘I scored a goal but I didn’t celebrate out of respect.
‘Maybe United are favourites now, maybe not. Anything can happen.
‘Sometimes we are better away than at home so we will see.
‘It will be amazing to play at Old Trafford again after four years. It will be another emotional night.’
Such is Ronaldo’s affection for his old club, Sir Alex Ferguson revealed the Portuguese winger came into the dressing room to catch up with his old pals after the match.
‘I spoke to him. He is sitting in our dressing room, talking to the lads,’ said the United boss.
‘He had six years with us and I am proud of how he flourished.
‘I blamed Patrice Evra for not challenging for his goal until I saw the replay and felt a bit stupid.
‘His knee is about as high as Evra’s head – phenomenal.
‘I don’t think any other player in the world can do that, certainly not Messi.’