Rio Ferdinand pens heartfelt letter to Cristiano Ronaldo on Facebook after Ballon d’Or win

Metro

After Cristiano Ronaldo scooped his second Ballon d’Or on Monday night, former Manchester United team-mate Rio Ferdinand penned this emotional tribute to the Real Madrid star on Facebook.

Cristiano Ronaldo – what can I say… incredible achievement, proud of you bro. Cristiano is living proof that no matter how much talent you have as a youngster, you have to work hard in order to be successful.

My first memory of Cristiano was in a pre-season friendly against Sporting Lisbon. After the game, the lads were raving about him, trying to convince Sir Alex and Carlos Queiroz to sign him up. Never had I seen a more mesmerising performance from a youngster than I did that day, he amazed us all. A few days later, he was a United player.

When I first met Ronnie at Carrington, he came across as a really determined lad – a rough diamond who was…

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