Sir Alex Ferguson’s prediction about Ronaldo and Messi proven right

Cristiano Ronaldo closing in on Manchester United move after talks with Sir Alex Ferguson
Cristiano Ronaldo closing in on Manchester United move after talks with Sir Alex Ferguson - IMAGO / ZUMA Press

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson signed Cristiano Ronaldo from Sporting Lisbon back in 2003 and he helped the Portuguese international become one of the best players of his generation.

Ronaldo eventually left Manchester United for Real Madrid and many years after his departure, Ferguson predicted that the Portuguese could succeed at any club because of his adaptability and bravery.

The former Manchester United manager also claimed that Lionel Messi is an exceptional player but the Argentine might struggle to replicate his success at another club.

Ferguson’s prediction from 2015 has now been proven right as Cristiano Ronaldo managed to hit the ground running in the Premier League following his move from Juventus and Lionel Messi continues to struggle in the French league with Paris Saint Germain.

The Scottish manager said in 2015 (via Daily Star): “People say who is the best player in the world? And plenty of people quite rightly say Messi – you can’t dispute that opinion.

“But Ronaldo could play for Millwall, Queens Park Rangers, and Doncaster Rovers… anyone, and score a hat-trick in a game. [But] I’m not sure Messi could do it.

“I think Messi is a Barcelona player, you know what I mean?”.

Ronaldo completed his return to Manchester United this summer and he has already scored four goals in three matches across all competitions.

Lionel Messi is yet to find the net with his new club and he has struggled to form an understanding on the pitch with the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar as well.

Recently the Argentine was involved in an altercation with manager Mauricio Pochettino after the PSG boss decided to take him off during the match against Lyon.

The former Barcelona star might prove to be an exceptional addition in the long run, especially when he has settled in properly. However, Ferguson’s remarks have certainly been proven right for now.