Ronaldo calls on United to prove quality

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It may be a topic which is subject to much conjecture but Cristiano Ronaldo believes the amount of medals he has hanging round his neck at the end of the season will provide "a definite answer" as to whether the current Manchester United team are the best in the club's illustrious history.

Sir Alex Ferguson said recently that this was probably the best United squad "in terms of completeness" he has had under his command since taking over at Old Trafford in 1986.

Ronaldo also believes that the current crop of players is packed with talent, but the Portuguese winger says the team need to prove it over the next few weeks as they chase a Premier League and European Cup double.

"It makes me feel good. He [Ferguson] has been at the club for 17-20 years, he has signed great players, incredible goalscorers," Ronaldo told the Spanish newspaper Sport. "I also think that this is the most talented team, but you can only confirm this at the end of the season, seeing what the team has won.

"There is a lot of talent, I think that we are going along the right path. Game after game we have shown that we have a fantastic team, with a lot of talent and magnificent players, but at the end of the season we will be able to provide a definite answer if this team is the best Manchester United side of all time.

"If we win the Champions League or the Premier League, we will have a better idea."

Ronaldo was speaking ahead of tomorrow's Champions League semi-final first leg against Barcelona at the Nou Camp. United are favourites heading into the tie, but Ronaldo is taking nothing for granted against a Barcelona side who were European champions just two years ago.

"You need maximum concentration. Anything can happen," said Ronaldo, who is looking forward to playing against Lionel Messi, Barcelona's young striker. "Messi is a very good player. It is a pleasure to play with players like him. We seem similar – we always want to score.

"Our objective is to win as quickly as possible. We will play to find the best result in the Nou Camp."

Ronaldo says he is enjoying life at United. "I feel very proud to represent this club. It is a great honour for me to show my ability on the pitch.

"I am at a club which allows me to work well. I am not obsessed with the best player award. What I want is to play well and to win."