Sir Alex Ferguson has come under some criticism for allowing Paul Pogba to leave Old Trafford four years ago, with the club now expected to break the world transfer record to get the Frenchman back to Old Trafford.
However, arguably his greatest ever signing occurred in 2003 when he signed a teenage prodigy named Cristiano Ronaldo from Sporting Lisbon for a now laughable fee in today’s market of just £12.24m.
His achievements since then have been well documented and were capped on Sunday night as he fought through injury and tears to captained his Portugal team to their very first International trophy, beating hosts France in the Euro 2016 final.
Videos emerged on line of a clearly overjoyed Sir Alex waiting for his special former player to come down the steps after collecting the Euro 2016 trophy, like a proud father overjoyed at seeing his son triumph.
As reported in the Daily Mirror (via Bild) Ferguson has hailed Ronaldo as the greatest player of his generation.
Speaking on the three time Ballon d’Or winner, Ferguson said:
“He has an incredible desire for football,” “Cristiano is looking forward to each workout. 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.”
After his heroics on Sunday night, Ronaldo has increased his chances of collecting his fourth Ballon d’Or as he continues to impress his former boss.