Manchester United are £80 million better off today after the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid has been completed.

Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken kindly about our former winger and wishes him well for the future.

“Cristiano has been a marvellous player for Manchester United,” said Ferguson. “His six years at Old Trafford have seen him develop into the best footballer in the world. His contribution has been a major factor in the club’s success in that time and his talent, his ability to entertain and his infectious personality have enthralled fans the world over. Everyone here wishes him well in his future career.”