Cristiano Ronaldo's relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson is no secret. The Scot helped transform the Real Madrid superstar from a skilful teenager into one of the most finely tuned athletes in the world.
The two enjoyed incredible success at Manchester United that included a hat-trick of Premier League titles and a Champions League medal.
The 30-year-old often refers to Ferguson as his footballing father and credits him with becoming one of the best of all time.
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But one manager who can rival the Manchester United legend in Ronaldo's eyes is his former manager at the Bernabeu, Carlo Ancelotti.
"He's like a big teddy bear, he's really sensitive and is a great guy."
It should come as no surprise the three-time Ballon d'Or winner holds the Italian in such high esteem.
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Ronaldo took to Twitter two days before Ancelotti was shown the door in the Spanish capital, tweeting: "Great coach and amazing person. Hope we work together next season."
And Ronaldo has spoken of his admiration for the former Chelsea boss in a recent interview and said he would love to work with him again one day.
As per Marca, the former Red Devil said: "He took me by surprise. At the start, I thought that he was very cold and arrogant, but he turned out to be the exact opposite.
"He's like a big teddy bear, he's really sensitive and is a great guy. He would speak with us every day, but not just with me, with all of the players.
"He had great fun with us. He's a great person and my only wish is that every player gets the chance to work with him because he's such a great guy and a fantastic coach.
"I miss him a lot. I want to work with him again, but I'm doing fine now too. I'm working with a new coach and I'm happy now too. But it's great to have these good memories of him."
Ronaldo is adamant that he is happy under current Real Madrid boss Rafa Benitez, despite speculation in the media there were problems between the two.
Following a mixed start to the season for Los Blancos, they appear to be turning a corner following their 4-0 defeat in the Clasico.
Their 8-0 hammering of Malmo in the Champions League was the joint biggest win in the competition's history and things appear to be finally clicking for Benitez and his side.
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