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Alex Ferguson remembers Cristiano Ronaldo sacrifices and how he ‘beat him’ in Man Utd training


Cristiano Ronaldo has always impressed Alex Ferguson with his amazing work ethic (Picture: Getty Images)

Alex Ferguson says Cristiano Ronaldo ‘sacrificed himself to be the best’ as he recalls the Portuguese superstar doing anything he could to do extra training at Manchester United.

The legendary manager brought Ronaldo to Old Trafford in 2003 and helped bring him back to the club in a stunning move this summer.

The 36-year-old became one of the world’s finest players during his first spell with the Red Devils and Ferguson has explained just how the forward made the most of his incredible talents.

Ronaldo learned quickly under the Scot, but his incredible work ethic also helped him go right to the top of the world game.

‘When he was here as a kid, his learning process was very, very quick,’ Ferguson told the Manchester United podcast.

‘A lot of people said he was a diver and there was a little spell of that but, after that, he was attacking defenders and all he needed was a nudge and he would waltz by them. He would attack with unbelievable speed.

‘I think the increasing knowledge of his game – I think he was born with a desire.

Cristiano Ronaldo has often spoken of the father-son relationship he has with Alex Ferguson (Picture: Getty Images)

‘He sacrificed himself to be the best. I remember we were playing Arsenal on the Saturday and it was pouring with rain at Carrington. I said to him, and you know he would always practice after training, and I said, “In. We’ve got a game tomorrow and it’s too wet. The ground is too soft.”

‘So I went into my office, looked out of the window and what did he do? He went on the Astroturf. I had no argument! I couldn’t say anything to him. He’s beat me.’

Ferguson was thrilled to watch Ronaldo’s return in a Manchester United shirt against Newcastle earlier this month, comparing his entrance at Old Trafford to the arrival of a Roman Emperor.

‘It’s fantastic,’ said the Scot. ‘You saw on that Saturday that it was like Caesar entering Rome after victory. I came, I saw, I conquered. It was fantastic.

‘I mean, for anyone who is a United fan, we could have had a million people in there, without doubt, as there were so many outside, hundreds outside.’


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