Cristiano Ronaldo's return to Manchester United adds to ex-manager Alex Ferguson's reputation – Scotsman comment

It is a wonderful endorsement of the ability and personal qualities of former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson that Cristiano Ronaldo – said by some to be the greatest player of all time – wrote “Sir Alex, this one is for you…” as he returned to the club where he made his name.

Cristiano Ronaldo poses with his Fifa world player of the year trophy in 2009 alongside the then Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson (Picture: Andrew Yates/AFP via Getty Images)

It is all the more remarkable given that Ronaldo left Manchester 12 years ago and Ferguson left eight years ago.

“It's like a dream come true, after all the times that I went back to play against Manchester United, and even as an opponent, to have always felt such love and respect from the supporters in the stands... I'm back where I belong!” the Portugal star wrote.

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Many will contrast this emotional homecoming with the departure of Lionel Messi, a player with skill on a par with Ronaldo, from his long-time club Barcelona to the big-spending Paris Saint-Germain.

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On the global stage, Pep Guardiola is lauded by many, but his successes came at big clubs, while Ferguson took what was a relatively small provincial club in European terms, Aberdeen, to glory in 1983 with victory over Real Madrid in the European Cup Winners’ Cup final. Perhaps Guardiola should consider attempting a similar feat.

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