In the latest UTD Podcast episode, which is out now, Rafael and Fabio da Silva spill the beans on a phone call with Cristiano Ronaldo that convinced them to join the club.

The twins had been on the Reds’ radar for some time before they agreed to join United in February 2007.Information Guide Nigeria

“He called my phone, and I’ll never forget that,” Rafael told UTD Podcast hosts Helen Evans, Sam Homewood, and David May.

“My phone had all the zeros [on the screen, to indicate an international call] and I was saying ‘Who is this? I’ve never received a call like this.’ I answered, and I knew him because I’d trained with him before.
“He just said: ‘Ah, [Portuguese greeting]!’ I ran to my bus saying: ‘It’s Ronaldo, it’s Ronaldo! He’s calling us to speak!’

“He just said: ‘It’s raining here, it’s raining here in Manchester, like you know.’ He said: ‘I call to say to you guys: sign for Manchester United. I know you are going to like it,’ et cetera.

“I could not believe [it]. It was amazing.”

“When my brother came back from his first time, from 20 days [of] training with Man United, he was so excited,” he smiled. “He actually got bigger. I didn’t go the first time he went, because I was with the Under-15s in Brazil, and he went on his own.

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“He came back so excited, speaking about everything: how big the training ground was, the players he met, and he met Sir Alex Ferguson. He was so excited. To be honest, we are twins, so, of course, he spoke with me and told me everything, but I couldn’t feel his excitement.
“John Calvert [-Toulmin], the scout, said ‘They really like us.’ So, for us, we said: ‘Maybe it’s going to happen.’ We start to have a few of these trials, or like training days. Ronaldo called us to [encourage us to] sign. I think Sir Alex got him to call us. That time, I actually thought: this is true!”

“I remember reading that!” laughed Rafael. “It was fun because we are really like this, you know? We like to run everywhere and sometimes do crazy tackles.

“So it was funny to see [that]. I understood after, when my English was better, because I could not understand what it meant.”

“When my mum and dad sat in the office to sign the contract, that time I felt like it’s really happening,” Fabio remembered.
“That moment, to be honest, changed everything in our life, because our mum and dad worked Monday to Monday. The money changed it because we could tell my mum and dad
‘No, you don’t need to do that anymore. Now we can move to an apartment, and you can live with us and you don’t need to work.’ And, at that time, it happened.”JAMB Result

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Emediong Ekpe

Emediong Ekpe is a graduate of English. A professional Sports journalist/analyst, and a spoken word artist. He is passionate about decimating information and putting smiles on people's faces via news writing.

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