Ronaldo: Fergie sculpted my entire career and made me the player I am
CRISTIANO RONALDO has admitted that he would never had become the footballer he is without the influence of Alex Ferguson.
During his six-year stint at Old Trafford Ronaldo went from being a naive teenager to a player Real Madrid were willing to pay £80million for.
"He is the coach who taught me how to be a footballer. I arrived in Manchester when I was just 18 remember," Ronaldo told Times of India.
"He directed my career in the best possible way and for me he’s one of the most important people in the world of football. I have a great relationship with him and it will be good to see him again.
"Ferguson and Jose Mourinho are both great managers, both experienced, and both always want to win everything they can. That’s why they have been champions so many times."
Ronaldo is looking forward to returning to Old Trafford tonight and despite the fact that United lead by virtue of their away goal at the Bernabeu Ronaldo believes his current club still have the edge.
"Manchester was my home and is still in my heart. I love the place. You never forget when people treat you right. You never forget the people who work there and the fans.
"So I’m very happy to return to Manchester. It’s going to be special but of course I am going there to try and win with Real.
"More than anyone I know how difficult it is going to be, because I know how good United are and they have an amazing manager in Sir Alex Ferguson. I have a feeling we will win, because in my mind Real Madrid are the better team."