Cristiano Ronaldo has settled well into his new life in Italy and is already an integral member of the Juventus squad. He is one of the most recognisable faces in football, having dominated the global scene with his glittering trophy cabinet bulging after successful spells at both Real Madrid and Manchester United. He speaks frankly about his time at Old Trafford – where he stayed for six years – and makes no secret of his close bond with legendary Red Devils manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Former team-mate Rio Ferdinand reveals how important their bond was, in 2015 Netflix documentary “Sir Alex Ferguson: Secrets of Succes”.
He says: “What he had under his bonnet with Cristiano as well.
“He knew he had the potential to be a world star – the best player on the planet.
“He knew there were certain aspects of his life that he knew he needed to take care of and help him with.
“I think you see that in the way Cristiano speaks about the manager now.
“Even after all these years have gone by, he refers to him as his father in football which is testament really to the way the manager dealt with him.”
Ronaldo, now 33, won three Premier League titles, one FA Cup, two league Cups, one Champions League and one Club World Cup in his time at Old Trafford.
The Portuguese superstar’s Juventus side take on Inter Milan this evening.
Speaking last month, he opened up on his relationship with Florentino Perez while at Real Madrid.
“I felt it inside the club, especially from the president, that they no longer considered me the same way that they did in the start,” he said.
“In the first four or five years there I had the feeling of being ‘Cristiano Ronaldo’. Less afterwards.
“The president looked at me through eyes that didn’t want to say the same thing, as if I was no longer indispensable to them, if you know what I mean.”