The 71-year-old Red Devils manager claimed Cristiano Ronaldo is a better player than the “fatter” Ronaldo, who scored a hat-trick in a 4-3 victory at Old Trafford in the Champions League back in 2003.
“The older one, the fatter one, was at his peak that time as a centre forward,” said Ferguson before his side’s 2-1 loss to Real Madrid on Tuesday.
Ferguson’s former protégée Ronaldo may have failed to match the Brazilian’s treble, but he did score the winner in a 3-2 Madrid aggregate victory to secure their passage into the last eight of Europe’s elite club competition.
And the former PSV striker was thrilled to see Madrid progress at United’s expense.
“Real Madrid shut his mouth for me,” Ronaldo is quoted as saying by Spanish newspaper AS.
“It was a lack of respect. A professional of his age, an English Sir, should not be so disrespectful. It was not classy.”
He added: “I have no words for this gentleman, except that I hope the team he manages always loses.”
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