Sir Alex Ferguson says Cristiano Ronaldo can score for anyone

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Sir Alex Ferguson has heaped praise on probably the greatest player he ever brought to Manchester United in Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo made the move to Old Trafford from Sporting Lisbon in 2003 and went on to score 84 Premier League goals and winning the first of his three Ballon d'Or awards before joining Real Madrid in 2009.

When Ronaldo arrived at Manchester United as a fragile 18-year-old, he looked anything like a future world beater. He was scrawny and quickly regularly criticised for his tendency to dive.

It is no surprise then that Ferguson named Ronaldo as the player he believes developed the most under his management.

He told the BBC: "Ronaldo is the biggest improvement really because he came as a young skinny kid at 17 and he had all these things about him.

"People used to criticise him for diving and all the rest of it, but once the players got about him on the training pitch he was fantastic.

"The most important thing for a great player is decision-making and that improved over the time."

 Messi v Ronaldo

Ronaldo's career at Real Madrid has helped to forge an epic, individual battle between himself and Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

Endless hours of debate would not be able to decipher which of the two forwards is better, but Ferguson believes he has the answer.

He said: "People say, who's the best player in the world and plenty of people rightly say Lionel Messi - you can't dispute that opinion.

"But Ronaldo could play for Millwall, Queens Park Rangers and Doncaster and score a hat-trick - I'm not sure Messi could do it.

"Ronaldo's got two feet, quick, brave in the air. I think Messi's a Barcelona player."


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