Ronaldo Explains Why He Can’t Rate Ferguson as ‘The Best Manager Ever’ in Football History

Ronaldo Explains Why He Can’t Rate Ferguson as ‘The Best Manager Ever’ in Football History

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
updated at September 12, 2023 at 11:07 AM
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  • Cristiano Ronaldo has discussed why it's challenging to label Sir Alex Ferguson as the best manager ever
  • The ex-Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Juventus ace has worked with some of football's best brains
  • Ronaldo has previously described his relationship with Ferguson as something akin to a father and his son

Cristiano Ronaldo has explained why it will be difficult to rate Sir Alex Ferguson as the 'best manager ever' in the history of the sport.

Ronaldo, often considered one of the greatest footballers of all time, has had the privilege of being coached by some of the finest managers, including the legendary Manchester United boss.

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Ronaldo's illustrious career, marked by numerous individual and team accolades, received a pivotal boost and guidance under Ferguson's mentorship, per the Guardian.

The astute Scotsman signed the Portuguese star from Sporting Lisbon in 2003 when he was a budding winger, ultimately shaping him into a global superstar.

Over six years under Ferguson's tutelage, the 38-year-old evolved into a worldwide phenomenon before transferring to Real Madrid, where he worked with the likes of Manuel Pellegrini and Jose Mourinho in his initial years.

Other coaches to work with Ronaldo

Subsequently, Ronaldo played under serial winner Carlo Ancelotti, former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez, and in his final season in the Spanish capital, under Zinedine Zidane.

A move to Juventus after the 2018 FIFA World Cup saw him collaborating with Maximiliano Allegri, Maurizio Sarri, and later Andrea Pirlo, who transitioned into coaching after a successful playing career.

Ronaldo's return to Manchester United led him to work under club legend, Ole Gunnar Solskjær, with a reported near-move to Pep Guardiola's Manchester City before Ferguson's intervention.

Ronaldo's take on whether Fergie is the best

Currently, he is under the guidance of fellow Portuguese, Luis Castro at Al-Nassr as he approaches the conclusion of his illustrious playing career.

During a lie detector test conducted in collaboration with Binance, Ronaldo was asked whether Ferguson is the greatest manager in football history.

"It is unfair to say for the other coaches I played with, too," he answered, as quoted by Timeline CR7. "We have to consider that they are the best too."

Ferguson picks between Ronaldo and Messi

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Sir Alex Ferguson's assessment of Ronaldo versus Lionel Messi as the greatest player of all time has emerged.

The former Man United manager believes the Argentine might struggle to replicate his success with Barcelona at another club, unlike Ronaldo.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.