Charlton backs Ron for more glory

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Sir Bobby Charlton is confident Cristiano Ronaldo will become the first Manchester United player to lift the Ballon d'Or on more than one occasion.

Ronaldo became the fourth United man to collect the prestigious prize this month following his 42-goal contribution to the Red Devils triumphant Premier League and Champions League-winning campaign. The 23-year-old joined an illustrious group that also includes Charlton, Denis Law and George Best.

"It won't be the last one he wins," claimed Charlton. "He is a fantastic player, head and shoulders above anyone else last year."

He added: "I have had to shake his hand more than once for various awards he has won over the past year. He deserves every one.

"He has done it at such a young age and has the world ahead of him. He could be a fantastic player for the next 10 years."

With his own playing days in the past, Charlton gains pleasure following the fortunes of those charged with matching an illustrious past he did so much to create.

And Charlton admits he still feels a sense of nerve-tingling excitement when he senses Ronaldo is about to burst into life.

"I get excited by watching him," he said.

"If you are struggling a little bit he is a player who can turn a game with one bit of skill.

"I watch sometimes and see certain situations. But before I can even finish thinking about what he should do, he has done it."

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