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Cristiano Ronaldo reveals Sir Alex Ferguson made him cry at Manchester United


Sir Alex Ferguson left Cristiano Ronaldo in tears after a Champions League loss against Benfica.

Ferguson’s attempted to toughen up the Real Madrid star on a number of occasions, according to Spanish journalist Guillem Balague’s new book ‘Cristiano Ronaldo: The Biography’.

Although the former Manchester United manager’s treatment paid off in the end, at first, Ronaldo’s emotional reaction led to him being called a ‘cry-baby’ by a couple of his teammates at the time such as Rio Ferdinand and Quinton Fortune.

In Cristiano Ronaldo: The Biography, the extract reads:

“In Ronaldo’s first match back on home soil since signing for Manchester United, a Champions League game against Benfica, Ferguson could not contain himself any longer. Things had not gone to plan as the Portuguese team ran out 1-0 winners in Lisbon. The winger, who spent the game trying to prove why he was a Premier League player, had a bad day at the office.

“Ferguson showed no pity.

“’Who do you think you are? Trying to play by yourself? You’ll never be a player if you do this!’

“Ronaldo began to cry.

“The other players left him be. ‘He needed to learn,’ said Ferdinand. ‘That was a message from the team, not just from Ferguson: everyone thought he needed to learn.’

“After the telling-off and a few tears, the Portuguese’s reaction was the same as always: keep working in training to improve.

“Predictably, the group responded by winding him up. Quinton Fortune and Rio Ferdinand reminded him of the incident a few weeks later.

“’He’s crying in the changing room again!’

“’F**ck off! What are you talking about?’

“’Cry-baby, cry-baby!’”

By Drew Darbyshire (@DarbySports)

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