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Ferguson sends a congratulatory message to Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo and Sir Alex Ferguson
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Sir Alex Ferguson sent an emotional congratulatory message to Cristiano Ronaldo after the forward won the Portuguese Player of the Year award.

After winning the Serie A and Supercoppa Italiana first time out with Juventus, Ronaldo led Portugal to UEFA Nations League glory on home soil in June.

This enabled Ronaldo to fend off stiff competition from the likes of Bernardo Silva, Ruben Neves and Joao Felix to win the Portuguese Player of the Year for the tenth time in his incredible career.

And now the 34-year-old’s Manchester United mentor, Ferguson, has congratulated him on his latest accolade.

“Congratulations on a great achievement,” Ferguson said in a video message.

“I’m really sorry I can’t be with you.

“I look back, I see as a young lad at 17 years of age when you came to Manchester United, how you’ve progressed as a human being and a fantastic sportsman.

“I want to say to you, your mother, all your family and your kids; well done. You have been a pleasure for me to have known, to have worked with and to have seen you progress into the footballer you are.

“Good luck, have a great night and well done.”

Ronaldo’s relationship with Ferguson, of course, is well known in the football world after the Scot signed him in 2003.

In their six years together at Old Trafford, Ronaldo managed 118 goals and 68 assists in 292 appearances. He also won the first of his five Ballon d’Or’s under the now-former United manager.

Ronaldo even once claimed that Ferguson “taught me everything” and described him as a father-figure.

For now, though, the Juventus forward will focus on Portugal’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Serbia on Saturday.

Fernando Santos’s side will need Ronaldo to bring his A-game for this weekend. Currently, the European champions are only in fourth-place in Group B at the moment.

ROME – MARCH 31: Sir Alex Ferguson the manager of Manchester United controls the ball as Cristiano Ronaldo looks on during the Manchester United training session held at the Olympic Stadium on March 31, 2008 in Rome, Italy. Manchester United play Roma in the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final First Leg Match tomorrow night at the Olympic Stadium in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)