Cristiano Ronaldo has spoken out in praise of his former manager Sir Alex Ferguson before the pair meet for Real Madrid’s clash with Manchester United in the Champions League next week.
Ronaldo, who played more than 190 games and scored 84 goals for United under Sir Alex, departed the club for a world record £80m back in 2009 and has grown into one of the best players in the world under the Bernabeu floodlights.
In the weeks leading up to this Old Trafford departure, there were reports he had fallen out with the United manager: the cocky young wonderkid seeing life differently to the fiery Scot. According to the player, however, there is no lasting rift:
“I still have an excellent relationship with him and it will be nice to see him again,” Ronaldo told reporters.
“He taught me the basis of football. I arrived in Manchester when I was only 18. He managed my career in the best possible way and for me he is one of the most important people in football.”
Great praise from the Real Madrid star, who’s exit from Manchester could have gone smoother and there is still a real chance he will suffer a torrent of abuse from Reds supporters when he faces his former club home and away this month.
Maybe this was Ronaldo’s way of deflecting the attention the media will bring to this Champions League clash and for once Ronaldo may want to stay out of the limelight before a game.
Fans betting on football on Betfair are already expecting exciting things when United travel to Spain next week and should the tie still be in contention come the second leg a wall of noise will greet the players at Old Trafford. Whether or not the United faithful have forgiven then former star for deserting them is unclear, but diplomatic statements like this one can only help Ronaldo’s cause.
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