Ronaldo and the Reds surprise 'amazing' children
Cristiano Ronaldo has reflected on a very special day for the Manchester United squad, after our players surprised a group of primary school children at Carrington.
The youngsters were taking part in an exercise class inside the Jimmy Murphy Centre and, to their amazement, the entire first-team squad arrived to say hello, sign shirts and pose for pictures.
This heart-warming moment was captured by our cameras and a clip appeared within Wednesday’s edition of United Daily, our regular news bulletin.
An extended video of the surprise is now available to watch in the player below: look out for the children's amazing reactions to the players at 00:38 and then when minds have clearly been blown at 01:37...
Jordanna Roberts, the primary schools manager at Manchester United Foundation, told us the experience will stay with the children forever.
“We were lucky enough to invite some pupils from our partner primary schools, and schools that we work with in areas of high deprivation, so to be able to give them this opportunity is just unbelievable,” said Jordanna.
“We are all in a bit of shock, to be honest, because the whole of the first team managed to come up and meet all of the children, and they were absolutely beside themselves. They are going to remember that for the rest of their lives. It was just unbelievable.
“They don't get those kinds of opportunities. A lot of them don't leave the areas that they live in, so to be able to see somebody who they idolise on the telly every week is just amazing.”
Ronaldo understands the importance of our Foundation and the club legend always goes out of his way to help when he can. After spending time with the youngsters on Wednesday, Cristiano has now made them Instagram famous by posting their picture to his 423 million followers around the world.
“A club such as ours is not only measured by the number of trophies in the museum,” writes CR7. “We are also measured by our legacy to the generations to come, as well as what we manage to give back to the community.
“It’s always a privilege to say 'present' to our loyal fans, especially to these amazing children. Thank you all for your support. The smiles on these faces is what makes everything worth it.”
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It's fair to say the children were buzzing to spend time with the squad at Carrington.