Alex Ferguson says Ronaldo deserve to win Ballon d’Or
Alex Ferguson former Manchester United manager said that Cristiano Ronaldo deserves to win his fourth Ballon d’Or this year.
Ronaldo has claimed the award on three previous occasions, including once under Ferguson in 2008 during his time at Manchester United.
Ferguson hailed Ronaldo’s achievements in a year that saw him win the Champions League as well as Euro 2016 and cannot think of anyone better to receive top recognition.
“Cristiano’s achievements are unsurpassed, he has had a wonderful year,” Ferguson said to Marca.
“I cannot think of anyone better to lift the Ballon d’Or trophy.
“He won both the Champions League with Real Madrid and captained Portugal at Euro 2016 where, despite having to miss the end of the final through injury, he was on the sideline cheering on his team-mates, such was his desire to lift the trophy. It was wonderful.
“One of the moments when I feel most proud is the thought that Manchester United played a role in his career and we wish him well.”
Ferguson paid tribute to Ronaldo’s attitude and work ethic, describing those factors as the driving force behind his success.
“Having him under my orders from the age of 17 has allowed me to see his progression, but also understand what made him a star of that magnitude,” Ferguson added.
“Cristiano had the work ethic needed to become a complete player, as well as the natural talent.
“He had this amazing determination, that desire to be the best to obsessive levels, topped with an amazing discipline in training.
“That constant desire drove him in his daily work and even as a young player at United he was an example for everyone.”
Ronaldo won three Premier League titles and a Champions League during his time under Ferguson’s tutelage at Old Trafford, but 2016 has been amongst his most successful in terms of silverware, with the forward helping Real Madrid to their 11th Champions League crown before spearheading Portugal’s successful 2016 European Championship campaign.
And the stats back up Ronaldo’s trophy haul, with Portuguese star scoring an incredible 16 Champions League goals last season – seven more than the next highest goalscorer, Robert Lewandowski – and with only Luis Suarez scoring more La Liga goals than the Real man’s 35-goal haul in the 2015-16 campaign.