Ferguson in preparation for the Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United
Cristiano Ronaldo was once again second best for the Ballon D’Or as his archrival Lionel Messi picked up the coveted award for the fourth consecutive time. In spite of missing out on a well-deserved Ballon D’Or, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes Cristiano Ronaldo has turned into a ‘complete player’ since joining Real Madrid in 2009.
Sir Alex Ferguson spent six seasons with Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United before the club sold him for a world record transfer fee of £80 million to Real Madrid. The 27-year-old Portuguese winger has been in spectacular form since moving to Real Madrid where he has scored 174 goals in 172 appearances in three and a half seasons.
After seeing Cristiano Ronaldo play against Manchester City in the Champions League last month, the Old Trafford boss reckons his former player has further improved in his time at Real Madrid.
“Maturity brings many things,” Sir Alex Ferguson told Inside United. “When I went to see them play against City, some of his decision-making in terms of passing was brilliant. One-touch passing, good crosses.
“In the six years we had him, you just saw his game grow all the time, and he was a fantastic player. Now you see the complete player.
“His decision-making, his maturity, his experience, plus all the great skills he has got, they all make him the complete player.”
Manchester United are preparing for an emotional encounter against Real Madrid next month. Cristiano Ronaldo will be playing in two legs of Champions League clashes against his former club in February. Sir Alex Ferguson admits he has begun preparations to keep Real Madrid’s attackers at bay.
“Obviously you hope that when you draw Real Madrid it's in the final,” Sir Alex Ferguson continued. “It will be a big, big event - we're the two most high-profile clubs in the world and I think they will be great games.”
Manchester United and Cristiano Ronaldo are rumored to be in the mix for a stunning reunion. Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted he wants Cristiano Ronaldo back at Manchester United, even though he understands that re-signing the 27-year-old Portugal international would be next to impossible.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Sir Alex Ferguson have enjoyed a close father-son relationship over the years. Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand just recently revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo used to play practical jokes on Sir Alex Ferguson, like hiding his shoes. “But Ronnie was like his pet so he'd get away with things like that,” Rio Ferdinand said.