Alex Fergusons foolish prediction on Ronaldo in 2008

first_img10 years ago, then-Manchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson made a bold prediction on Cristiano Ronaldo’s fate at Real MadridThe legendary Scotsman brought an 18-year-old Ronaldo over to Old Trafford in the summer of 2003 from Sporting Lisbon for a transfer fee of £12.24m – which at the time was a world record fee for a teenager.And, under Ferguson’s guidance, Ronaldo emerged as one of the most exciting young talents in European football.In May 2008, a 23-year-old Ronaldo won his first of five Champions League titles after United defeated Chelsea on penalties at Moscow.He also finished as the competitions top scorer with eight goals.This caught the attention of Real Madrid, who had gone seven years without a European title since Zinedine Zidane’s stunning match-winner against Bayer Leverkusen in 2001.In what was likely an attempt to prevent his star asset from leaving United, Ferguson made a prediction over how a move to Los Blancos would turn out for Ronaldo.“If you were asked for advice for your son you would give him the best advice, and the worst thing Ronaldo could do, at the age of 23, is to go to Real Madrid,” said Ferguson in 2008, according to the Daily Mirror.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“He is already at the right club – a fantastic football club – and the future is that he has signed a five-year contract and has four years left. That’s definite because I have seen his signature.“In the modern day young lads can be twisted by the talk of money, but if you saw Ronaldo after the Champions League final he was the happiest boy in the world.“When you have young players you want the best for them and you want to do the best for them, and I genuinely believe I know what the best club in the world is for him and that is Manchester United.“There shouldn’t be any need to go to Real Madrid.”It’s safe to say that the legendary coach was wrong on this one.Ronaldo scored 450 goals in 438 games for Real and claimed four Champions League titles and Ballon d’Or crowns.Now regarded by some as the greatest footballer of all time, Ronaldo sealed a €112m move to Juventus this summer.last_img

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