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'Too many stepovers' - Ronaldo says father figure Ferguson 'taught him everything'
Alex Ferguson’s influence still endures for the former United star as the Portugal international begins his new chapter at Juventus.

CRISTIANO RONALDO FELL foul of Alex Ferguson during his early years at Manchester United for doing too many stepovers.

Ronaldo made his name at United, moving to Old Trafford from Sporting CP as a teenager and winning three Premier League titles along with the first of five Ballons d’Or.

The honours and plaudits continued during his record-breaking stint at Real Madrid but, even as he begins a fresh chapter at Juventus, Ferguson’s influence endures.

“Of course, in the beginning of my career he was so important to me because I moved from Sporting to Manchester and had that Portuguese mentality – too many stepovers, decision-making was not the best,” the 33-year-old told DAZN.

“So he taught me how to do it. In the Premier League they don’t fall over so easy, they are tough.

“As I’ve said many times, he taught me everything. He was like a father to me. He helped me a lot at Manchester United.”

Ronaldo spent six seasons at United following his move from boyhood club Sporting, winning three Premier League titles, an FA Cup and the 2007-08 Champions League.

The Portugal international developed a close relationship with Ferguson during his time at Old Trafford and has been open with his admiration for his former manager on numerous occasions.

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Upon news that Ferguson underwent emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage in May, Ronaldo was quick to offer his support to the United icon, wishing him his best in his recovery.

Ronaldo said on his Instagram: “My thoughts and prayers are with you, my dear friend. Be strong, Boss!”

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