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 \u201cgenius\u201d. 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\u2019Or 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\u2019s arrival, informed MUTV of an illustrious former colleague. \u201cHe always improved however I would say that his ways never changed. \u201cThroughout 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. \u201cBut 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. \u201cYou 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. \u201cTo have the vision to see something way more, when you\u2019re already at United, at his age, it\u2019s really hard. He managed to do that and that\u2019s why I respected him so much.\u201d Ronaldo\u2019s 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: \u201cEven though he was younger than me, I remember he said to me: \u2018Louis you need to smile more when you play\u2019. When the kids say that to you, when you\u2019re older and have more experience, you say: \u2018Hang on a minute\u2019. But I realised it was so true. \u201cDuring 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\u2019s so above absolutely everyone that, when he speaks normally, it sounds strange for everybody, It\u2019s amazing. \u201cHis 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.\u201d 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.