The Real Madrid midfielder and attacker Cristiano Ronaldo has given glowing tributes to his manager at Old Trafford – Sir Alex Ferguson – by saying that he is like a father figure to him. Sir Alex Ferguson is widely known to have shaped the Portuguese international into the world renowned player he is today.

He made his name at Old Trafford after coming on as an 18-year-old boy many seasons ago. He was then sold to the Spanish club Real Madrid for a world record fee of £ 80 million in 2009. He has been gone on to create numerous records at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Even though he has played under numerous managers during his career, Cristiano Ronaldo has said that Sir Alex Ferguson is the one manager who he regards as to be the father figure. He has said that Ferguson has taught him so many aspects in football that are still useful to him. He has said that he still has a great relationship with the Manchester United manager, thus opening the doors to a potential move in the future. Ronaldo has admitted that Ferguson is sometimes strong the players, but is surprised that he can do that at the age of 70.

"He’s a fantastic person. A human person. He taught me many things. Like I said before, he’s like a father in football, because he taught me many things. I really miss him because I have a great relationship with him. Very tough. I think sometimes he cannot be like that because, how old is he? 70? It’s not good for his heart," said Ronaldo in a recent interview. The Portuguese international recently stated that he was not happy at the Spanish club. However, if he was to move away from the Santiago Bernabeu, then he would cost in the region of £ 100 million.