Ronaldo pays tribute to Sir Alex Ferguson ahead of Old Trafford return
‘He is a person who helped me so much’: Cristiano Ronaldo insists he will ‘never forget’ Sir Alex Ferguson as he pays tribute to ex-Manchester United boss ahead of Old Trafford return
- Manchester United take on Juventus in the Champions League on Tuesday night
- Cristiano Ronaldo returns to Old Trafford for only the second time since he left
- The forward has been speaking about his successful six-year spell in England
- ‘I’d like to express my best wishes to him,’ Ronaldo said of Sir Alex Ferguson
Ahead of his emotional return to Old Trafford, Cristiano Ronaldo claims he will ‘never, ever’ forget the help Sir Alex Ferguson gave him while at Manchester United.
Ronaldo and Juventus take on United in a crunch Champions League Group H showdown on Tuesday night.
It is only the second time the forward, who spent six successful years at Old Trafford, has returned to his former stomping ground since leaving for Real Madrid in 2009.
Cristiano Ronaldo has paid tribute to Sir Alex Ferguson before Manchester United vs Juventus
The Portugal international has been speaking ahead of the crunch Champions League clash
Ronaldo, who spent six successful years at Old Trafford, surveys his old stomping ground
RONALDO AT UNITED
3x Premier League (2007, 08, 09)
1x Champions League (2008)
1x FA Cup (2004)
2x League Cup (2006, 09)
1x World Club Cup (2008)
Ronaldo won the Champions League and three Premier League titles under Ferguson and speaking ahead of the game he said: ‘It’s a huge emotional thing for me to come back… I know all about the history.
‘I won trophies here – cups, leagues, Champions League. I remember the support as well. The support is fantastic.
‘Here I have many memories of victories and affection and in particular with Sir Alex Ferguson, to whom I send a big hug.’
Ferguson needed emergency surgery to treat a brain haemorrhage back in May and Ronaldo added on Monday: ‘He is someone I will never ever forget and I’d like to express my best possible wishes to him. He is a person who helped me so much.’
Ronaldo, now 33, joined United in 2003 at the age of 18. Under Ferguson’s guidance he developed into one of the finest players in the world before joining Madrid for a then-world record fee of £80million.
‘Here I have many memories of victories and affection and in particular with Sir Alex,’ he said
Ronaldo, now 33, joined United in 2003 at the age of 18 before moving to Real Madrid in 2009
Following an incredible spell at the Bernabeu, Ronaldo this summer moved to Serie A to help Juventus end their long wait for a Champions League title.
Massimiliano Allegri’s side sit top of Group H, having won both of their opening two matches.
United are second, having dropped points in their last home game against Valencia but Ronaldo insists: ‘It will be a difficult game, we know United have a good team.
‘They are at home, but we have our weapons and we have a chance. If we play good, the way the coach wants, we have a chance to win the game.’
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