- Sir Alex Ferguson made a bold prediction about Cristiano Ronaldo's future in 2008
- Ronaldo still moved to Real Madrid and went on to win multiple Champions League titles
- The Portuguese star also claimed four Ballon d'Or wins before joining Juventus in the summer
Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson tried making a prediction in 2008, how the future of Cristiano Ronaldo then at the Premier League club would pan out, if he moves to Real Madrid.
However, 10 years down the road, Fergie’s claims seems awkward as Ronaldo currently ranks among the best footballer of all time.
According a UK Mirror report quoting the Guardian in 2008, the legendary Red Devils boss said: "If you were asked for advice for your son you would give him the best advice, and the worst thing Ronaldo could do, at the age of 23, is to go to Real Madrid.
"He is already at the right club - a fantastic football club - and the future is that he has signed a five-year contract and has four years left. That's definite because I have seen his signature.
"In the modern day young lads can be twisted by the talk of money, but if you saw Ronaldo after the Champions League final he was the happiest boy in the world.
"When you have young players you want the best for them and you want to do the best for them, and I genuinely believe I know what the best club in the world is for him and that is Manchester United. There shouldn't be any need to go to Real Madrid,” he summed up.
Indeed, from the above statement, it was certain Ferguson never believed the Portuguese switch to Real Madrid would see him blossom to his present height.
Interestingly, Ronaldo showed snippets of his qualities at United before heading to Spain, to showcase how good he was after claiming four Ballon d'Or awards during his spell at the Santiago Bernabéu.
At the last count, Ronaldo scored 450 times in 438 matches, winning four Champions League titles in the process.
And in the summer, he made a surprising switch to Serie A champions Juventus this summer, where he handed a massive weekly pay at the age of 33.
No doubt, Ronaldo has outlived Fergie’s initial thought of him, before joining Real Madrid.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously had reported that Cristiano Ronaldo is still waiting to net his first Serie A goal for Juventus but his son Cristiano Ronaldo Jr has already opened his goals account on Saturday, September 1, 2018.
The former Los Blancos superstar is yet to score in the Italian topflight after three matches after his massive switch from the La Liga in the summer.
However while the 33-year-old the five-time Ballon d'Or winner is searching for the way to the goal, Junior is scoring for fun.
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