The former Red Devil stated that he still misses the fatherly figure and is worried that the stress of expectancy from United might hurt the gaffer’s health.
Always at the biggest stage, Cristiano Ronaldo has humbly held Manchester United manager and former mentor, Sir Alex Ferguson, responsible for his remarkable transformation into an untouchable and unbelievable footballer.
Ronaldo signed for Manchester United from Sporting Lisbon back in 2003 and spent 6 successful seasons at the English giants which saw him pick up the prestigious Ballon d’Or award in 2008. He then got transferred to Spanish giants Real Madrid for a world
record fee in 2009, and has since scored an unbelievable 165 goals in 161 appearances for Los Blancos.
The Real Madrid ace was exclusively interviewed by the CNN World Sport and he was asked on several aspects of his life, ranging from football to the duties of being a father.
Ronaldo, when asked about Sir Alex Ferguson’s toughness and passion, recorded that he still missed his former boss, who is like a father to him, and believes that Ferguson still possessed the flair and passion he had 10 years back.
“He's a fantastic person, a human person. He taught me many things. Like I said before, he's like a father in football.”
The Portuguese also voiced his concerns over the Scot’s health and stated that football at Manchester United is always intense and going hard over the players and taking too much pressure from games might be detrimental for Ferguson’s health.
When questioned about Fergusons’s hardness with the players, Ronaldo said:
“Very tough. I think sometimes he cannot be like that because, how old is he? 70? It's not good for his heart. He's still tough, strong, I remember him the first time I saw him he was with the same power.”
Ronaldo also let the interviewers know that he enjoys being a father and that it has given his life a new dimension.
However, the Portuguese international humorously stated that he enjoys giving his baby a shower rather than change his nappy.
Ronaldo recently picked up a scary eye injury in Madrid’s recent game against Levante and as a result, he was forced to withdraw from Portugal’s friendly game against Gabon.
However, the former Manchester United man is said to be recovering just fine and is believed to be fit to face Athletic Bilbao at the Bernabeu this weekend.