Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed his players used to ridicule Cristiano Ronaldo’s vanity during his time at the club.
Ronaldo spent six hugely successful years at Man United, winning the league on three separate occasions. His time at Old Trafford made him into the best player in the world, as he helped United to the Champions League in 2008.
The 30-year-old’s concern over his appearance often gets criticised by many in the media but Ferguson admitted that he used to take it all in his stride.
Speaking to the Telegraph, Ferguson said: “Dealing with an ego doesn’t bother me.
“You used to see Ronaldo standing in front of the mirror loving himself. But it was a nice vanity. The players used to throw jockstraps, boots and all sorts at him. It never bothered him one bit.”
The Portuguese came to United as an unknown quantity in 2003 after signing from Sporting Lisbon and, under the guidance of Ferguson, blossomed into a world-beater.
The former manager eventually had to let go of his star man when Real Madrid came calling. However, United have tried to bring Ronaldo back to Old Trafford on more than one occasion, while rumours still suggest a move could be on the cards.
Ronaldo is close to becoming Real Madrid’s all-time leading goalscorer but he still credits Ferguson for making him into the great player he has become.