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New video of Cristiano Ronaldo's best bits for Man United is truly special

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Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned FIFA's Best Male Player on Monday night at the second annual Best Fifa Football Awards in London.

It's the second year running the Portuguese superstar has been named the best player in the world and Lionel Messi, also for the second year running, finished just behind him in second.

Ronaldo scored 42 times for Real last season and he guided them to the La Liga and Champions League double, the latter of which they won for the third time in the last four seasons.

Furthermore, the 32-year-old has scored 24 goals in his last 24 internationals for Portugal and played a huge role in them winning the European Championships in 2016.

It's hard to argue with such a productive year like that and it's fair to say Ronaldo has developed into a world-class striker as he enters the latter stages of his career.

Of course, he was a winger in his early days with Manchester United before blossoming into the goalscoring machine that stands before us today.

Following his individual award last night, a Twitter user posted a video that shows Ronaldo's best bits from his time at Man United. It's just over two minutes of pure football delight.

The former Sporting Lisbon man finished his time at Old Trafford with 118 goals from 292 games and Sir Alex Ferguson would confess that he was the best player he ever had.

“Cristiano was the most gifted player I managed,” Ferguson wrote. “He surpassed all the other great ones I coached at United - and I had many.

“The only ones who could be placed near him would be a couple of the home-produced players, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs, because they contributed so prodigiously to Manchester United for two decades.”

Ferguson also confessed in his autobiography that Ronaldo wanted to join Real a year earlier than he did, but Ferguson refused for one reason.

“Ramon Calderon, Perez's predecessor, had claimed the previous year that Cristiano would one day be a Real Madrid player.

“I went to Carlos Queiroz's house in Portugal to find the boy expressing an urge to go to Real Madrid, and told him: 'You can't go this year, not after the way Calderon has approached this issue'. I said: 'I know you want to go to Real Madrid but I'd rather shoot you than sell you to that guy now. If you perform, don't mess us about, and someone comes and offers a world record fee, then we will let you go’.”

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