August 9, 2022

When Sir Alex Ferguson gave a brilliant explanation for why he thought Cristiano Ronaldo was better than Lionel Messi

In a 2016 interview, former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson picked Cristiano Ronaldo over Lionel Messi, claiming that the Portuguese’s versatility set him apart.The legendary manager brought Ronaldo to United in 2003, signing him from Sporting Lisbon for a €19 million fee. Over the next six years, the forward went on to score 118 goals and provide 68 assists for the Red Devils, helping them to three Premier League titles and one Champions League, amongst other honors. His excellent performances for Ferguson’s team helped him to his first Ballon d’Or in 2008.

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In 2016, Ferguson was asked to pick between his former player and then-Barcelona star Messi. The Scot gladly acknowledged the Argentine’s brilliance but claimed that Ronaldo’s ability to thrive irrespective of the level of his teammates, made him a better player in his eyes.

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Speaking to Eurosport, he said: “It’s interesting to me that we hear so much about two players these days: Ronaldo and Messi. Now don’t get me wrong, Messi is a fantastic player, it’s like he’s wearing slippers when he controls the ball, but here, for me, is the difference: Messi is a Barcelona player but Ronaldo could play for Stockport County and score a hat-trick.”

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He added: “He has everything. He can shoot with both feet, head the ball, he’s as brave as a lion, and here’s something else people overlook. During my time at Manchester United I was lucky enough to have a lot of people who put in countless extra hours to get better.”

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The 13-time Premier League-winning manager also tipped his hat to the 37-year-old’s exemplary dedication and commitment.Ferguson continued:
“Gary Neville turned himself from an average footballer into a wonderful one because of his work ethic, as did David Beckham, but Ronaldo used to completely exhaust himself, and still does. He just wanted to be the best in the world.”

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