Cristiano Ronaldo made his name playing for Manchester United after Sir Alex Ferguson pulled off one of the deals of the century when he bought the then young Ronaldo to Old Trafford from Portugal’s Sporting CP to replace the freshly departed David Beckham. Ronaldo proved to be a massive hit and won many trophies with United including the Champions League and the Premier League and scored 84 goals in 196 appearances for the Red-Devils.
In the summer of 2009 Ronaldo moved to Real Madrid for a then record transfer fee of £80 million. When Jose Mourinho took charge of Real Madrid in 2010, Ronaldo went on to score an incredible 168 goals under him and helped Real beat out Barcelona to the La Liga crown setting a record for most points in so doing. Ronaldo actually enjoyed 3 of his 4 highest scoring seasons in his career whilst playing under Mourinho which sort of makes a mockery of Jose’s reputation for parking the bus and not playing attacking football.
As the Mirror reported Ronaldo had only good things to say about the differentiating qualities that make Mou so special when speaking to Coach magazine.
“I have played for a lot of coaches,” Ronaldo said, “but Mourinho was a great thinker.
“He would study everything down to the absolute smallest detail.”
Some would argue that the superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was at the peak of his powers playing for Mourinho and it is hard to argue when you look at his incredible goal production when managed by his compatriot. The endorsement of Jose Mourinho by the United legend that is Cristiano Ronaldo, who has played under so many of the game’s top managers, should serve to reassure any fans doubting the suitability of Mourinho as United boss. Mou just needs patience and time and his record says he will bring trophies to Old Trafford.