Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed his belief that Cristiano Ronaldo represented the biggest improvement in any player he had during his time at Old Trafford, and hinted that he thought the Real Madrid star was better than long-term rival Lionel Messi.
In quotes relayed by the Glasgow Evening Times, the legendary Scot told how Ronaldo could be expected to continue his ridiculously high goals-to-games ratio no matter what club he was playing for, whereas Messi’s brilliance could be restricted to Barcelona.
On top of that Ferguson claimed that Ronaldo’s evolution from skinny teenage winger to arguably one of the best players he had during his time managing United, could not be matched by any of the other charges the Scot looked after either before or after his transfer from Sporting Lisbon.
“Ronaldo is tough. People say ‘who is the best player in the world’ and plenty of people quite rightly say Messi,” he said.
“You can’t dispute that opinion. But the thing about Ronaldo, Ronaldo could play for Millwall, Queens Park Rangers, Doncaster Rovers or anyone and he’d score a hat-trick. I’m not sure Messi could do it.