Man Utd were paid a fraction for the greatest player Ronaldo says Ferguson
History shows us that Real Madrid has enjoyed the services of the best on the field, such as Ferenc Puskas, Alfredo Di Stefano, Zinedine Zidane, David Beckham, Luis Figo, Roberto Carlos, Ronaldo and Raul.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson doesn’t care for such legends when it comes to recognizing the greatest player in Real Madrid’s history. The Scotsman believes his former disciple Cristiano Ronaldo is in fact the greatest player to have played for Real Madrid.
These latest statements of appraisal on Cristiano Ronaldo arrive from Sir Alex Ferguson just a couple of days before Manchester United travels to Santiago Bernabeu for the first leg of the Round of 16 Champions League clash against Real Madrid.
The Old Trafford boss Sir Alex Ferguson understands he will have very difficult job when it comes to keeping Cristiano Ronaldo at bay. The gaffer has already declared that stopping Cristiano Ronaldo in his tracks would be the first step towards Manchester United’s victory.
Sir Alex Ferguson, who has been longing for Cristiano Ronaldo ever since he sold him for a world record transfer to Real Madrid in 2009, still believes he sold his crown jewel cheaply. In a recent interview, Sir Alex Ferguson claimed the £80 million Manchester United got for Cristiano Ronaldo was just a fraction of his actual price.
The Scotsman speculates Manchester United would have got double the amount Real Madrid paid for Cristiano Ronaldo had the club’s chief executive David Gill asked for more.
“Jose Mourinho has got Ronaldo, Di Maria, Benzema. Players like that. Before then you had the Galacticos and in that spell they had Zidane, Figo, Roberto Carlos, Raul,” Sir Alex Ferguson said.
“But I don’t think any of those were as good as Ronaldo. Zidane – fantastic player. Figo – fantastic player. But they’re not as good as Ronaldo.
“So I think he is still living up to the reputation that Real Madrid can produce top players. Ronaldo has beaten all the records there.
“He’s beaten Di Stefano’s record, Puskas’s record, Hugo Sanchez’s record, all the records. So obviously he’s indelibly imprinted in their – history now.”
Sir Alex Ferguson tends to appear coy on the topic of Cristiano Ronaldo’s actual price. There always seems to be an underlying seriousness on the issue. Sir Alex Ferguson probably wonders how much more Real Madrid would have paid Cristiano Ronaldo if Manchester United had asked them to empty their pockets.
“Sold him too cheaply? I know. I know. I told them, ‘You should have asked for £150m’. And we would have got it, probably,” Sir Alex Ferguson said.
“With Ronaldo’s form you have to say he’s pivotal to ¬everything they do. Those 179 goals in 178 matches tell their own story. He’s fantastic.”