Ron­aldo film re­veals Fer­gu­son’s 50% prom­ise

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LON­DON: Cris­tiano Ron­aldo has re­vealed that a prom­ise by former Manch­ester United man­ager Alex Fer­gu­son that he would play in 50 per­cent of the club’s games prompted him to move to Old Traf­ford in 2003. In a new doc­u­men­tary about his ca­reer, Ron­aldo’s agent Jorge Men­des says that Fer­gu­son’s of­fer was key in en­cour­ag­ing the winger, then an 18-year-old ris­ing star at Sport­ing Lisbon, to re­ject ri­val of­fers from clubs in­clud­ing Barcelona and In­ter Mi­lan. Speak­ing at a press con­fer­ence in Lon­don on Mon­day to mark the launch of the film, Ron­aldo said: “When Sir Alex Fer­gu­son says, ‘Cris­tiano, I want you to come to Manch­ester United, you’re go­ing to play 50 per­cent of the games,’ it made me feel com­fort­able and I said, ‘Wow.’ “Be­cause 18 years old, to play 50 per­cent of the games, for me it’s un­be­liev­able. “I took that de­ci­sion be­cause Jorge helped me to take that de­ci­sion and of course the last word of Sir Alex Fer­gu­son was the key to sign for Manch­ester United.” The Real Madrid su­per­star added: “As I say many times, with Manch­ester United I have a great pas­sion. “I say that ev­ery time. What Jorge did to me, with 18 years old, to put me in one of the best clubs in the world, with the words of Sir Alex Fer­gu­son, I never dreamt (it was pos­si­ble).” — AFP

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