Cristiano Ronaldo has paid tribute to Sir Alex Ferguson on the 25th anniversary of our manager taking the job at Old Trafford.

“Sir Alex has a special place in my life. In fact, he was the main man,” said Ronaldo. “I was not famous, I was not a star. I arrived at Old Trafford as just another young talent. He was the one who told me to do all the right things. He gave me the opportunity to play in one of the biggest clubs in the world. So he is one of the most important people in the world for me. I worked with Sir Alex for a few years and I know he deserves ­everything that he has achieved in his career. He works so hard, he is clever, he has experience, he is a human guy.”