Former Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson has sent a message to, Cristiano Ronaldo, congratulating him after the 34-year-old was awarded Portuguese Player of the Year for the 10th time.
Ronaldo had defeated Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix and Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva, to win the award on Tuesday.
Ferguson was among the first to congratulate Ronaldo.
In a touching video message, Ferguson was quoted by Talksport as saying: “Congratulations on a great achievement and a wonderful night you’re going to have in Portugal.
“I’m really sorry I can’t be with you, but I look back and see you as a young lad at 17 years of age who came to Manchester United, how you have progressed as a human being and a fantastic sportsman.
“I want to say to you, and your mother, and all your family, and all of your kids; well done.
“You have been an absolute pleasure for me to have known, to have worked with, and to have seen you progress into the footballer you were.
“So, good luck, have a great night, and well done.”
Ferguson signed Ronaldo from Sporting Lisbon in 2003.
Ronaldo spent six years at Manchester United before he joined Real Madrid.
His relationship with Ferguson is well known with the forward claiming he ‘taught me everything’ and that ‘he was like a father to me’.
Ronaldo was recently included in FIFA’s final three-man shortlist for the Men’s Player of the Year award.
The Portuguese missed out on the UEFA Player of the Year award to Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk last week.