Young Ronaldo to Manchester United :
Ronaldo came to the attention of Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson in August 2003, when Sporting defeated United 3–1 at the inauguration of the Estádio José Alvalade in Lisbon. His performance impressed the Manchester United players, who urged Ferguson to sign him. Ferguson himself considered the 18-year-old “one of the most exciting young players” he had ever seen. A decade after his departure from the club, in April 2013, Sporting honoured Ronaldo by selecting him to become their 100,000th member.
Ronaldo became Manchester United’s first-ever Portuguese player when he signed before the 2003–04 season. His transfer fee of £12.24 million made him, at the time, the most expensive teenager in English football history. Although he requested the number 28, his number at Sporting, he received the number 7 shirt, which had previously been worn by such United players as George Best, Eric Cantona, and David Beckham. Wearing the number 7 became an extra source of motivation for Ronaldo, who stated that his goal was to establish himself among the world’s best players within the next three years. A key element in his development during his time in England proved to be his manager, Alex Ferguson, of whom he later said, “He’s been my father in sport, one of the most important and influential factors in my career”
Unbelievable Relationship between Ronaldo and Ferguson
We have always known that Cristiano Ronaldo and Sir Alex Ferguson share an amazing bond. The two have never had a negative word to say about each other, and they have always found moments to celebrate Ronaldo’s achievements, together. There is an unbelievable relationship between Ronaldo and Ferguson. Ronaldo has grown into the player he is, largely because of the guidance and mentorship of Sir Ferguson, and Ronaldo has always accepted that. Sir Alex, too, has always spoken publicly in a positive light about Ronaldo, telling the world what an amazing player Ronaldo is. Each compliment they give each other, each word of positivity, each celebration they have together, each hug, shows their mutual respect and the beautiful teacher-student relationship they have. He still refers to Fergie as “Boss”.
Joining Manchester United not only gave Ronaldo a new start, but also changed his life in a different way; he came under the mentorship of ManUtd manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, who had first noticed young Ronaldo in August 2003, when he contributed to Sporting’s win against Manchester United. In fact, Ferguson himself took the initiative to bring Ronaldo to his club. Thus began their incredible journey together.
Even after Ronaldo left Manchester United to join Real Madrid in 2009, the beautiful bond and relationship between Ronaldo and Ferguson didn’t take a backseat. While speaking about his former manager, Ronaldo once said, “He’s been my father in sport, one of the most important and influential factors in my career.”
Ferguson, too, has always spoken highly of CR7. He once said, “I have nothing but praise for the boy. He is easily the best player in the world. His contribution as a goal threat is unbelievable. His stats are incredible. Strikes at goal, attempts on goal, raids into the penalty box, headers. It is all there.”
It’s these beautiful moments and relationships that make football even more wonderful. Let’s hope they keep loving and respecting each other forever.
Will this Relationship bring Ronaldo back?
This relationship however can be very useful to Manchester United in bringing their arguably best player back home. Theatre of dreams would always welcome Ronaldo with open arms and warmth.
A jersey that has been worn by the likes of George Best, Denis Law, Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona and David Beckham, the hollowed reputation of the Man United No7 shirt has been somewhat sullied by its most recent occupants.
After Michael Owen, Angel Di Maria and Memphis Depay all gave it a go, Cristiano Ronaldo’s return would see him become Man United’s finest number 7 since… Cristiano Ronaldo.
If Ronaldo is to return to Manchester United, he will be worshiped even more just like they worship Sir Alex Ferguson. Ronaldo will truly make every Manchester United fan’s dream come true with his return and will even be considered greatest just like his football father Ferguson. U never know he might even get his statue outside the Theatre of Dreams.
Reports are that Ronaldo might even consider getting in to management some day and it would be match made in heaven if Ronaldo ever comes back as a player and later even go on to manage the great club to winning trophies again.
Sometimes, when a player as special as Cristiano Ronaldo emerges at a club like Manchester United, history can be a little revisionist. People, keen to prove their football bona-fides, might say they knew all along that he was special when there were plenty of doubts.
With Ronaldo, though, it is fair to say almost everyone who saw his debut could immediately see this was a special talent. While there were ebbs and flows as he grew into the Ballon d’Or-winning player he would become before leaving the club, and doubts reared their head along the way, the start was as impressive as most United fans could remember.
In a 2003 interview with writer Justyn Barnes, George Best said,
“Cristiano Ronaldo’s first United game as a substitute in the season opener against Bolton was undoubtedly the most exciting debut performance I’ve ever seen.
A few of my old team-mates were at the game and they compared him to me. There have been a few players described as ‘the new George Best’ over the years, but this is the first time it’s been a compliment to me. There have been players who have some similarities, but this lad’s got more than anyone else, especially as he is genuinely two-footed. He can play on either wing, beat players with ease and put in dangerous crosses with his left or right peg. When was the last time you saw that?”
Fergie Indeed moulded him into the player like no-one could ever compete. He then went on to Real Madrid to become a goal machine and he broke records after records and even won 2 La liga and 3 Champion League with the Los Blancos. Ronaldo would indeed be respected and honoured just like Ferguson if he retires at Manchester United.