Ex Man United striker Saha worked with Ronaldo during the early ages of his career and insists he was always destined for greatness, MySportDab reports. Cristiano Ronaldo was always destined for greatness, says former Manchester United teammate Louis Saha. With the Portuguese showing at the age of 18 that he was a “genius”. The Red Devils snapped up a precocious talent from Sporting in the summer of 2003. Sir Alex Ferguson was buying into potential at that stage, with Ronaldo a nimble winger whose game was more about flicks and tricks than record placing hauls of goals. Few could have anticipated what the future would hold for a man who now has 5 Ballons d’Or to his name. However Saha admits there were early indications that a rise to the very top would be made. The ex-United striker, who moved to Old Trafford in the January after Ronaldo’s arrival, informed MUTV of an illustrious former colleague. “He always improved however I would say that his ways never changed. “Throughout his career, you see the same dedication that he had when he was 18, perhaps with much less confidence as people were challenging him, and he had to prove that he was the best player. “But to have that type of self belief to train, to work hard and to be consistent, no matter what people say, that was just an incredible skill. It was better than having talent because the way he was capable to analyse, at that age, and develop and maintain those qualities for me, it was genius. “You ask anybody working hard when you have that much talent, not all of us does this. You can get complacent or happy with your level and you assume you have made it, But he wanted it way more. “To have the vision to see something way more, when you’re already at United, at his age, it’s really hard. He managed to do that and that’s why I respected him so much.” Ronaldo’s hard work and dedication has made him the all time great he is today, with Saha admitting that the current Juventus superstar in no way lacked confidence. He added: “Even though he was younger than me, I remember he said to me: ‘Louis you need to smile more when you play’. When the kids say that to you, when you’re older and have more experience, you say: ‘Hang on a minute’. But I realised it was so true. “During his career, he could be cheeky in the way that he spoke to people, and people just could not understand and got pissed off because they were not in his league. He’s so above absolutely everyone that, when he speaks normally, it sounds strange for everybody, It’s amazing. “His power and speed, the skills have been one thing that are important in a career, however analysing when to do it, the timing and the precision nobody can do that.” Ronaldo spent six years at United before leaving to join Real Madrid, with 118 goals recorded in 292 appearances. Additionally winning three Premier League titles, a Champions League crown and the first of his Golden Balls.