Ronaldo – “He is a father figure for my career”
In his comeback to Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo emphasized the importance of Alex Ferguson.
Cristiano Ronaldo admitted that his friendship with former Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson was instrumental in persuading him to return to Old Trafford.
Ferguson stepped down as Manchester United manager in 2013, four years after Ronaldo moved to Real Madrid for a then-world-record £80 million fee.
He is, however, a club ambassador and a confidant of current United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who also played under Ferguson for a long time.
Last week, Ronaldo appeared to be on his way back to England with Premier League champions Manchester City, but Ferguson and a slew of his old United teammates intervened, telling him that such a move would jeopardize his legacy at the club where he rose to prominence.
“For me, Sir Alex Ferguson is like a father in football for me,” Ronaldo told the club’s website.
“He helped me a lot, he taught me many things, and in my opinion, of course, he had a big role because of the relationship that we had, we keep in touch all the time, and he’s an unbelievable person.
“I really like him a lot and he was the main key for me to be in the position that I am, that I signed for Manchester United.”
Ronaldo earned the first of his five Champions League and Ballon d’Or championships, as well as three Premier League winner’s medals, during his first time at Manchester, scoring 118 goals in 292 appearances.
United’s fortunes, on the other hand, have plummeted since Ferguson’s exit.
The English heavyweights haven’t won the Premier League since 2013, and Ronaldo’s goal against Chelsea in 2008 final was their last Champions League success.
Ronaldo will turn 37 in February, but he believes he can still lead United to victory in the future.
“I think it’s the best decision that I have made,” added Ronaldo on his move from Juventus.
“It’s a new chapter, I’m so happy and glad, and I want to carry on again, to make history, to try to help Manchester achieve great results, to win trophies.”
On September 11, Ronaldo is slated to make his second United debut against Newcastle at Old Trafford.
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