Former Manchester United star Federico Macheda has revealed he snubbed a kind gesture from Cristiano Ronaldo after his debut.
Macheda and Ronaldo ran riot the last time the latter faced Aston Villa, helping United to a memorable 3-2 win at Old Trafford in April 2009.
The Red Devils trailed Villa 2-1 with 10 minutes left as Liverpool were breathing down their necks in the Premier League title race.
But Sir Alex Ferguson produced a typically successful late substitution, bringing 17-year-old Macheda on for his debut.
Ronaldo drew United level with his second goal of the game in the 80th minute before Macheda produced a 93rd-minute moment that went down in club folklore.
The young Italian chopped in the box to make space for himself before curling a stunning winner past Brad Friedel in front of the Stretford End.
Macheda, now 30, opened up about the memorable day in 2018, revealing he snubbed a classy gesture from Ronaldo after full-time.
He told Calciomercato: “I have so many memories. The most significant maybe it was the day of my debut with Manchester United.
“After the match, where I scored the goal of 3-2, and he had scored a double, he received a bottle as the Man of the Match.
“He wanted to give it to me, but I refused because I already had one. But it was a very nice gesture from an idol like him.”
Ronaldo will be vying to continue his goalscoring run at the weekend, where United will have the chance to go top of the Premier League.
On Saturday, Ronaldo will face Villa at Old Trafford as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side look to secure their fifth win in six league games this season.
The 36-year-old has been in fine form since returning to the club in the summer, scoring four goals in three appearances so far.
He will be confident of making an impact again during Villa’s visit, given his unsurprisingly strong record against the Midlands outfit.
Ronaldo has scored nine goals in 14 games against Villa in all competitions, including eight in 12 Premier League meetings.
In fact, he’s netted six goals in his last six league appearances against the Villans, including in each of the last three at home.
Macheda’s career hasn’t lived up to the hype he garnered on his debut, playing for nine different clubs since that day.
But Ronaldo’s classy gesture and his involvement in United’s 3-2 triumph in 2009 will always be a fond memory.