Sir Alex Ferguson was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony tonight.
The 71-year-old ended his 26 year career as Manchester United manager in the summer to call time on one of the greatest managerial careers in football.
He was joined on stage for the ceremony by a host of United legends including Sir Bobby Charlton, Gary Pallister and Nemanja Vidic but there was a special message from Cristiano Ronaldo, who wasn’t able to attend the ceremony.
It was great to hear from Ronaldo who will clearly always regard Ferguson as the man who made his career in football.
He said:: “Hi boss. I have this chance to send you a message that I want to share with everyone like you did with me which was unbelievable and I’ll never forget it in my life.
“When I arrived at Manchester as an 18-year-old, you were like a father for me in football and you gave me opportunities and taught me many things, and I feel glad to send you this message.
“I remember when I was there in the club and I asked for the No. 28 shirt and you gave me the No. 7. It put me under a lot of pressure but you told me it wouldn’t be a problem and that I would deserve to put this shirt on my body because I was a fantastic player.
“You taught me how to be a good professional, a good boy and you deserve this award because you are a fantastic man and person. You are the number one.
“Have a good evening and we will keep in touch. Take care.”