Rio Ferdinand pays tribute to Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo on Facebook
The Manchester United defender has paid homage to the 2013 Footballer of the Year on his own Facebook page.
It is well known that the two players enjoyed a close relationship during Ronaldo’s time at Old Trafford and Ferdinand’s open letter, which was posted yesterday, has proven to be popular on social media with close on 38,000 likes in less than 24 hours.
Currently out-of-favour with David Moyes, Ferdinand pays tribute to Ronaldo’s work ethic, and that of his rival Leo Messi, while also stating yet again he tried to persuade the Portuguese star to re-sign for the Red Devils.
Here is the letter he posted.
“Cristiano Ronaldo - what can I say… incredible achievement, proud of you bro. Cristiano is living proof that no matter how much talent you have as a youngster, you have to work hard in order to be successful.”
“My first memory of Cristiano was in a pre-season friendly against Sporting Lisbon. After the game, the lads were raving about him, trying to convince Sir Alex and Carlos Queiroz to sign him up. Never had I seen a more mesmerising performance from a youngster than I did that day, he amazed us all. A few days later, he was a United player.”
“When I first met Ronnie at Carrington, he came across as a really determined lad - a rough ...diamond who was prepared to work as hard as he could in order to fulfill his potential. Thousands of hours of graft both in the gym and on the training ground turned him into the perfect specimen.”
“I’m still truly astonished by the drive and determination to stay at the top, by not only Ronaldo, but Messi too. It’s been a joy to witness these two push each other week in week out. The question I ask however is: would they be as relentless in scoring so many goals without each other, breaking every record along the way?
“We are blessed to be in an era where both Ronaldo and Messi have lit up the game in a way that has never been seen before.”
“P.S – I tried and failed to twist his ear.”