Cristiano Ronaldo has again paid tribute to Sir Alex Ferguson and credits the former Man Utd manager with making him the player he has become.
Ferguson brought Ronaldo to Old Trafford as a 17-year-old in 2003 and the Scottish boss mentored the young Portuguese prodigy before sanctioning an £80million sale to Real Madrid in 2009.
Ronaldo has never forgotten the influence Ferguson offered and the 33-year-old has again spoken in glowing terms of his ex-boss.
“Of course, in the beginning of my career he was so important to me because I moved from Sporting to Manchester and I had that Portuguese mentality – too many stepovers, decision-making was not the best,” Ronaldo said.
“So he taught me how to do it. You know, in the Premier League they don't fall over so easy, they are tough.
“As I’ve said many, many times, he taught me everything. He was like a father to me. He helped me a lot at Manchester United.”