Fergie looks to have fallen in love with Cristiano Ronaldoâ€™s amazing style of play. Itâ€™s like the old Scot cannot retain himself from praising his instrumental winger.
Recently, he went as far as declaring that Ronaldo could develop into a legend as great as Brazilâ€™s Pele or Argentinaâ€™s Maradona.
â€œCristiano is superb,â€ declared the Scottish boss speaking to Setanta.com.
â€œHe has timing getting into the box, ability with two feet – and you would never associate a Portuguese winger with such magnificent ability in the air. He is like an old fashioned centre forward.
â€œThere are a lot of things in his favour to go on and become a legend. The answers will come in the next few years.â€
â€œWhen you have a star like this, a young player with such huge potential, they normally make an impact very early – which is what Cristiano has done,â€ Ferguson continued.
â€œPele scored in a World Cup semi-final as a 17-year-old. Maradona played for his country at 17. Cristiano was 18. All the signs are the same.â€
â€œWhat you don’t know about him, but can say about Maradona and Pele, is that their careers lasted for a number of years,â€ said Ferguson.
Maybe all the signs are the same, but not everyone believes that Ronaldo could reach Pele or Maradonaâ€™s standard. Some simply think that Ronaldo doesnâ€™t perform at his highest level with his country Portugal who recently suffered a humiliating 6-2 defeat in the hands of Brazil.
But Ferguson has other opinions when it comes to Ronaldoâ€˜s failure to achieve anything with his country:
â€œPele played in two World Cup finals, as did Maradona. Maybe Portugal do not have the profile to get to World Cup finals, the same as Brazil and Argentina – so you have to judge him a different way.â€
Have your say! Send your comments over Fergusonâ€™s statements. Let me know whether you think Ronaldo could be a great figure like Pele or Maradona.
Written by: Angela Asante