Gerard Pique praises Cristiano Ronaldo

Barcelona's defender Gerard Pique celebrates after scoring during the Spanish league football match Levante UD vs FC Barcelona at the Ciutat de Valencia Stadium in Valencia on January 19, 2014
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Barcelona defender Gerard Pique says that Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo helped him when he first moved to Manchester United.

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has revealed that Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo helped him when the centre-back first moved to Manchester United.

The two players are rivals in La Liga, but Pique has insisted that he 'likes' the Portuguese from their time together in Manchester.

"If I always speak well about Cristiano it's because I like him. People can draw their own conclusions from the gestures and comments, but they don't know. I must add that he's changed a bit recently," Pique told Marca.

"He helped me a lot when I joined United."

Pique played for United between 2004 and 2008, while Ronaldo spent six years at Old Trafford from 2003.

Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid CF celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Granada CF at Santiago Bernabeu stadium on January 25, 2014
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