Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted that he misses Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
The 27-year-old spent six years under the Scot at Old Trafford, moving to the Premier League in 2003 when the Red Devils signed him from Sporting Lisbon.
Before leaving for the Santiago Bernabeu, Ronaldo won three Premier League titles, two FA Cups, one League Cup and one Champions League trophy with Manchester United.
Sold for £80 million, the 100-cap Portuguese international has enjoyed a phenomenal goalscoring record in Spain under Jose Mourinho, but admits it’s hard to replace the relationship he had with Ferguson during his spell in the English top flight.
“I really miss him (Ferguson) because I have a great relationship with him,” Ronaldo told CNN, according to The Daily Mail.
“He's a fantastic person, a human person. He taught me many things. Like I said before, he's like a father in football.”
Ronaldo did have his fair share of run-ins with Ferguson however, and admits that the Manchester United manager had no problem giving his players the famous hairdryer treatment - despite his advancing years.
“(He can be) very tough. I think sometimes he cannot be like that because, how old is he? 70? It's not good for his heart,” added Ronaldo.
“He's still tough, strong, I remember him the first time I saw him he was with the same power.”
Since the winger’s exit, Manchester United have won just one league title, whilst Ronaldo has also lifted the La Liga trophy just once during his time with Los Blancos.