Football legend, Cristiano Ronaldo has showered praises on his his former coach and legendary manager, Sir Alex Ferguson and explained the role he played in his return to Manchester United.
Ronaldo inspired United to three Premier League titles and the Champions League in his first spell at the club between 2003 and 2009 under Ferguson’s tutelage scoring 118 goals in 292 games.
Ronaldo has spoken up in the past about his relationship with Ferguson, revealing that they have kept in regular contact throughout the last decade but in his first Interview since resigning with the club, Ronaldo has now opened up on their special relationship.
“As everybody knows, since I signed for Manchester [United] at 18, Sir Alex Ferguson was the key,” the 36-year-old told MUTV . “I remember when we played against Manchester when I was at Sporting Lisbon.
“For me, Sir Alex Ferguson is like a father in football for me. 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.”
Speaking about his new coach, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner says he is looking forward to working with his ex-team-mate again as they bid to usher in a new era of success at the club.
Asked if he has had a chance to speak to Solskjaer yet, the Portugal international replied: “Well, we had a chat, but of course I’m going to have time to speak with him face to face, to know what he expects. As you know, I played with him for two or three years at Manchester United so I have a good relationship with him but now with a different role, I’m a player and he’s a coach.
“But it doesn’t matter, my relationship with him is great and as I say before, I’m there in Manchester to help the team achieve his results and the coach can count on me for whatever he wants.