Nemanja Vidic reveals the relationship between Cristiano Ronaldo and Sir Alex Ferguson was not always smooth sailing.
Ronaldo arrived at Manchester United as a teenager back in 2003. He was only 18 at the time.
Under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson at the time, the Portuguese ace established himself as one of the best players in the world over the next few years.
Ronaldo won just about every major trophy available with United and went on to win the Ballon d’Or award in 2008. He was the first Red Devils’ player to do since George Best 40 years earlier.
Off the pitch, much was made about the relationship of Sir Alex Ferguson and CR7 at the time.
Back in 2015, the veteran manager hailed Ronaldo as one of the only four ‘world class’ players he has managed. Everything always seemed to be fine between the pair but Nemanja Vidic reveals it was not always so.
In the early stages, their relationship wasn’t all that rosy and even once led to a scolding from the Scottish manager.
“I think Ronaldo wasn’t happy when he [Sir Alex] shouted at him,” Vidic said as per Manchester Evening News when recalling their relationship.
“In the beginning, it was one time he said something to Ronaldo, but he accepted it very emotionally.
“He took it personally, but he was very young – he was 20 years old.”
As expected, Ferguson did have a change of heart and realized he won’t get the best by scolding a young Ronaldo. Thus, a different approach came to play.
“Of course you realise, even me, that next time you will not tell him [if he does something wrong],” Vidic added.
“It’s better to not tell him because otherwise he will be too emotional and he won’t help you be better.”
Ronaldo himself has also paid tribute to Sir Alex Ferguson on several occasions, hailing the manager as his father-figure in football.
“He’s a fantastic person. A human person. He taught me many things,” CR7 once said back in 2018 to DAZN.
“Like I’ve said before, he’s like a father in football, because he taught me many things. I really miss him because I have a great relationship with him.”