Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has told The Sun that Sir Alex Ferguson wants him to improve all the time.
Portugal international forward Ronaldo has been adjudged as the best player in the world, winning the 2014 FIFA Ballon d’Or on Monday.
The 29-year-old has been on the books of the Spanish giants Madrid since 2009, but his career was launched at Manchester United.
Ronaldo played for the Premier League giants for six years between 2003 and 2009, during which time he established himself as one of the best players in the world.
Ferguson was in charge of United during that period, and the Scot still remains in touch with Ronaldo, who has now revealed the advice he has received from his former manager.
"I think about Manchester United,” The Sun quotes the former Sporting Lisbon star as saying at Monday’s award ceremony.
“The beginning of my career was there, that’s where I started. I know the fans are there supporting me. I haven’t had a message from Sir Alex yet but I speak with him often.
“He told me to keep improving all the time. He said: ‘Cristiano, you’re the best, don’t worry about the rest’. He’s fantastic, I miss him.”
Ronaldo has won pretty much everything there is to be won in club football, including the Champions League with both United and Madrid.
Even at the age of 29, Ronaldo remains world class and breaks records after records. It is fascinating that he continues to improve and raise his game.
Having worked with and nurtured Ronaldo, Ferguson knows fully well what he is capable of. The former United star has already achieved a lot, but there is always something higher to aim for.
It seems that Ferguson wants Ronaldo to do just that.