Cristiano Ronaldo has claimed that he learned ‘the art of football’ during his time at Manchester United.
The Portuguese superstar spent six glorious seasons with the Red Devils, where he not only improved drastically, but also went on to become the best player in the world under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson.
Having joined the English giants at the age of 18, Ronaldo bagged 3 Premier League titles, a UEFA Champions League, a FIFA Club World Cup, as well as an FA Cup, amongst other major honours, before he made a world record switch to Real Madrid in 2009.
And now, speaking at the launch of his new Nike boots, the 32-year-old has talked about the influence of the legendary Scottish manager as well as the time he spent in Manchester, and how all of it made him into the footballer that he is today.
Ronaldo stated (via Sky Sports): “Alex Ferguson was a father for me in football. I learned many things, not just from the coach but the players. I improved not just my skills but my body too. In the five years that I was [at United] I learned the art of football. It was a dream for me.
“I remember when I left Lisbon for England, Alex Ferguson said to me, ‘Listen, I want you to take the No 7’. I was surprised because I knew the guys who wore that shirt. I accepted the challenge, it was great. It was the beginning of my success in football. It was probably one of the most beautiful moments in my career so far.”
Cristiano Ronaldo’s new boots, named ‘Chapter 4: Forged for Greatness’, have been dedicated to the time he spent at Manchester United. The Roman numerals XXVIII feature on the heel, with the VII highlighted to depict his swapping of Sporting’s No 28 shirt for the No 7 at the Theatre of Dreams.