The attacker may be one of the world’s most confident and arrogant players—and is the epitome of superiority—but it seems like it wasn’t always the case.
As detailed in a new book, ‘Ronaldo: The Biography’, the player’s former teammate Rio Ferdinand has shed light on one incident—during a Champions League loss to Benfica—in which the forward was reduced to a snivelling wreck thanks to some choice words from his fearsome Scottish manager.
“Who do you think you are?,” Sir Alex said. “Trying to play by yourself? You’ll never be a player if you do this!”
“He needed to learn. That was a message from the team, not just from Ferguson: everyone thought he needed to learn.”
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Indeed, when Ronaldo arrived at Old Trafford, he was known for his petulance and his selfish flourishes, but he eventually developed his discipline and became a hard-nosed winner under the tutelage of experienced figures such as Ferguson, Ferdinand, as well as Roy Keane, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville.