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Ferguson admits surprise at Ronaldo's Real success

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By Andrew Tuft

Wednesday 13 February 2013

Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted he is surprised at how successful Cristiano Ronaldo has been at Real Madrid in the three-and-a-half years since the Portugal winger moved to the club from Manchester United, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo moved to the Santiago Bernabeu in 2009 and has racked up some impressive individual statistics, scoring 182 goals in 179 games for the Spanish champions. Ferguson added that Ronaldo was still raw when he left Old Trafford, so the form of his former protégé has taken him aback.

He was still a young man when he left me, but I think you can see how he’s flourished in Madrid and his record is - well, I never thought he’d get that total, to be honest with you,” Ferguson said.

I knew he’d improve, I knew he was one of the best players in the world, and probably he and Lionel Messi are the two best players in the world. But to score the goals he has is just phenomenal,” the manager added. Ferguson went on to say that Ronaldo, 28, is now at his peak as a player.

Madrid paid a world record sum of £80m to take Ronaldo to La Liga, with United having signed the former Sporting Lisbon player in 2003 for around £12m. During his time at United, Ronaldo won the Premier League title three times, the FA Cup once, the League Cup twice, the Champions League once and the Club World Cup once.

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