Former Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson has stated that Real Madrid forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, deserves to win a fourth Ballon d’Or after a “wonderful year”.
According to the Scot, Ronaldo is the standout candidate to win the Ballon d’Or.
Ronaldo won his first Ballon d’Or in 2008 in Manchester United under Ferguson and is the heavy favourite to be crowned the world’s best player for the fourth time, having been named in the 30-man shortlist for the award along with the likes of France’s Antoine Griezmann and five-time winner, Lionel Messi.
Hailing the Portugal captain’s achievements in a year that saw him win the Champions League as well as the Euro 2016 Championship, Ferguson cannot think of anyone better to receive the players’ top recognition.
Ferguson told Marca, “Cristiano’s achievements are unsurpassed; he has had a wonderful year.
“I cannot think of anyone better to lift the Ballon d’Or trophy.
“He won both the Champions League with Real Madrid and captained Portugal at Euro 2016 where, despite having to miss the end of the final through injury, he was on the sideline cheering on his team-mates, such was his desire to lift the trophy. It was wonderful.
“One of the moments when I feel most proud is the thought that Manchester United played a role in his career and we wish him well.”
Ferguson, who is viewed as one of the greatest achievers as a manager, paid tribute to Ronaldo’s attitude and work ethics and believes those factors are the driving force behind the player’s success.
He added, “Having him under my orders from the age of 17 has allowed me to see his progression, but also understand what made him a star of that magnitude.
“Cristiano had the work ethic needed to become a complete player, as well as the natural talent.
“He had this amazing determination, that desire to be the best to obsessive levels, topped with an amazing discipline in training.
“That constant desire drove him in his daily work and even as a young player at United he was an example for everyone.”