Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed the role former Man United manager Alex Ferguson played in his return to the club last week.
The Portuguese was first signed by the legendary manager in 2003, before leaving in 2009 and joining Real Madrid.
After more than a decade, the now 36-year-old made a sensational return to the club, turning down Man City in the process despite all indications that he was joining Pep Guardiola’s team.
Ferguson was said to have played a key role in changing Ronaldo’s mind, and he has given insights into the deal in his first interview as a Man United player.
“As everybody knows, since I signed for Manchester [United] at 18, Sir Alex Ferguson was the key,” Ronaldo told us.
“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 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.”
Ronaldo joined Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho in what was a hugely impressive summer business.