Rio Ferdinand reveals how Cristiano Ronaldo reacted to Sir Alex Ferguson's criticism

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Cristiano Ronaldo has achieved it all.

Three Premier League titles, two La Liga victories. Four Champions League winner’s medals and the same number of Ballon d’Or awards.

The Portuguese superstar has accomplished more in his career than he probably could have dreamed of when he first appeared as a skinny teenager playing for Sporting Lisbon.

He completely took over at the Bernabeu must it was playing for Manchester United in England where he made his name, with 2007-08 his breakthrough campaign.

Ronaldo ended up leaving Old Trafford in 2009 but Sir Alex Ferguson will always remember his as the finest player he ever coached.

“Cristiano was the most gifted player I managed,” Ferguson wrote in his 2013 autobiography. “He surpassed all the other great ones I coached at United - and I had many.”

Ferguson added in 2016: “Ronaldo is a perfect example of someone who made himself.

"It's easy for me to say, 'yeah I made Ronaldo'. Many coaches might say I made this player and I made that player, but Ronaldo made himself.”

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How Ronaldo reacted to Ferguson's criticism

Yet it took some time for Ferguson to develop Ronaldo into the player he wanted him to be. The Portuguese forward arrived as a showman with an individualistic attitude and Fergie knew he had to do something about it.

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Rio Ferdinand, who watched Ronaldo grow into one of the finest players in history, has revealed how the winger didn’t take too well to criticism from Ferguson, with the Scot once calling him out during a match against Benfica for attempting to be a “one-man team”.

“Cristiano Ronaldo was probably the one I saw react the worst to it,” Ferdinand said on the Clare Balding Show.

“He wasn’t very happy with it, he was broken.

“In Benfica it was, he tried to take on everyone and the gaffer was saying, ‘you ain’t a one-man team, this is about the team.'

“He was very young, and Ronnie was like that,” Ferdinand says before dropping his head to indicate sadness.

“And we was laughing obviously!”


Ronaldo would soon learn that success is much easier when you play as a team.

Although it took some embarrassment for him to discover it.

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