Cristiano Ronaldo's classy gesture to Nemanja Matic after final Man Utd game at Old Trafford revealed

MANCHESTER UNITED midfielder Nemanja Matic has revealed Cristiano Ronaldo's words of encouragement in his final game at Old Trafford convinced him to lap up the round of applause in his honour.

The Serbian, 33, will leave Man Utd at the end of this season when his contract expires, ending his five-year stay at the club.


Matic was unable to help the Red Devils win some silverware but featured in runs to an FA Cup and Europa League final.

United's 3-0 win over Brentford was the last home game of the season and gave some departing stars the chance to say one last goodbye to the Old Trafford crowd.

Matic, who hates being in the spotlight, wanted to get off the pitch as quickly as possible.

But team-mate Ronaldo convinced Matic to lap up the applause and appreciation from the crowd.

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Matic revealed to K1 Televizija: "I feel great and it’s really great to say goodbye to the club and the fans in such a wonderful way.

"There were 75,000 people in the stands.

"I wanted to leave a mark in that club, after Nemanja Vidic, who was the first [Serbian player] to do so.

"But everything that is beautiful has an end.

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"I tried to brighten the face of all people in Serbia with my game, and I hope that someone from our region will continue this tradition.

"I wanted to get off the field as soon as possible, because I don’t like to have something revolving around me and to be in the centre of attention, but Ronaldo told me ‘Wait, what are you doing? Come back’.

"It is a great honour to share a dressing room with him every day.

"I don’t like to talk about myself, it should be done by others, and nowadays, because of the internet and new technologies, with one click you can find out everything about what I did and what I achieved."

It is unknown what Matic's exit means for his son Filip's friendship with Cristiano Jr.

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The pair appear to be close and play together in Man Utd's academy.

Filip and Cristiano Jr linked up to recreate their dad's involvements in Man Utd's equaliser against Chelsea.

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