Manchester United legend, Patrice Evra has credited Alex Ferguson to be the brain behind Cristiano Ronaldo’s successful career in football.
According to Evra, Ferguson turned the Portugal international from a “YouTube player” into a superstar.
Now 37, Ronaldo moved from Sporting Lisbon to Manchester United as an 18-year-old in August 2003.
Evra played alongside Ronaldo during his first spell at Old Trafford and has now recalled Ferguson’s influence on Ronaldo.
“Sir Alex Ferguson had a massive impact on Ronaldo’s career,” Evra told Betfair.
“There have been many phases in his career. When he started he was like a YouTube player, lots of skill, that’s what I felt when I arrived at United.
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“But, I also felt that there was a hunger and personality to show to people that he could be the best and he had big players around him, like Roy Keane.”
Evra added: “I remember one time early on Ferguson destroyed him. I think we played Chelsea and he didn’t have a good performance.”
Evra said the iconic manager further told Ronaldo that it was easy to score multiple goals when he played against a smaller club, urging him to do more against bigger clubs.
The Frenchman said Ronaldo suddenly started scoring in the big games after that talk.
“Ferguson went further and told him that he’s not a winger, that he’s a striker and with his ability, he had to score two or three goals a game and he didn’t care about the tricks and skill, he said, ‘Forget that, you need to score goals.’ That season Ronaldo scored 42 goals,” he added.
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