Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson has hailed Real Madrid and Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo as the best footballer of his generation.
The 31-year-old who has won three FIFA Ballon D’Or, three UEFA Champions League and a host of league titles both in England and Spain recently added the European Championship crown to his list when he Captained Portugal to win the Euro 2016.
However, Ronaldo only played 25 minutes of the final against France as he was injured following a heavy challenge from West Ham United midfielder Dimitri Payet, he reinvented himself immediately as one of the assistant managers on the sidelines and at the end it was joy unspeakable as he helped Portugal to their first trophy in 43years.
“He has an incredible desire for football. Cristiano is looking forward to each workout,” Ferguson told Bild. “He always wants to be better, to win. He especially loves these big games.
“During my time at Manchester United, Cristiano was the player who developed the most. Through much hard work. He constantly worked on his shooting technique, with the right, left, his heading ability, his bounce. His performance improvement is incredible. And what is remarkable, today’s football is so athletic, so fast.
“Usually top players can only play for about five or six years at the highest level, then it’s over. Cristiano has been doing this for over 10 years. That makes him so exceptional. Every generation has its special footballer, Cristiano is currently.”
Ferguson was the manager that refined Ronaldo after he snatched the Sporting Lisbon youth product in 2003 and he had six excellent seasons at Old Trafford, becoming the first Premier League player in history to win the FIFA Ballon D’Or before he moved to Real Madrid where he has continued to excel.