“I wouldn’t sell them a virus” – When Sir Alex Ferguson made emphatic claim on Real Madrid interest in Cristiano Ronaldo before Old Trafford exit

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and Cristiano Ronaldo
Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and Cristiano Ronaldo

In a flashback to 2009, Sir Alex Ferguson, the legendary former manager of Manchester United, was entangled in a transfer saga involving Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid.

Amidst swirling rumors, Ferguson vehemently denied any secret agreement with the Spanish giants for the Portuguese star's departure from Old Trafford. His response was a scathing rebuke, highlighting his disdain for the club's approach.

"You don't think we'd get into a contract with that mob, do you? Jesus Christ. I wouldn't sell them a virus. So that's a 'No'. There is no agreement between the clubs," The Sun quoted Ferguson as saying at the time.

Real Madrid had persistently pursued Ronaldo's signature throughout the 2008 summer, with the player himself expressing a desire to leave Manchester United. Despite the mounting pressure, Ferguson stood firm, resolute in his determination to keep his prized asset.

Fast forward to the summer of 2009, and Cristiano Ronaldo completed his move to Real Madrid, ending his six-year stint at Manchester United. The transfer marked a new chapter in Ronaldo's illustrious career and shattered numerous records during his time in Spain.

Ronaldo achieved remarkable success with Los Blancos, becoming the club's all-time leading scorer, surpassing legendary figures like Raul and Alfredo Di Stefano. His goal-scoring exploits were extraordinary, amassing an astonishing 450 goals in just 438 appearances.

Moreover, Ronaldo claimed four Champions League titles with Real Madrid, cementing his status as one of the greatest players in history. He also clinched four Ballon d'Or awards during his time in Spain, further solidifying his brilliance.

Ronaldo's time at Manchester United in his first stint under Ferguson was not less prolific by any stretch of the imagination. He played 292 games under the legendary Scot, scoring 118 goals and giving 59 assists. This fruitful partnership culminated into three Premier League titles, one Champions League trophy, one FA Cup and two League Cups.

Flashback: Cristiano Ronaldo's last Real Madrid goal marks a historic milestone

On this day in 2018, Cristiano Ronaldo etched his name in Real Madrid's history books with a remarkable achievement. The Portuguese superstar scored his final goal for the club against Villarreal, making it a memorable moment for both Ronaldo and Real Madrid fans worldwide.

It was his last goal in a Real Madrid jersey and marked his 450th goal for the Spanish giants. Marcelo sent a pinpoint trivela cross to Ronaldo from the left and the superstar used his supreme heading skills to send the ball home.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner joined Serie A giants Juventus on a three-year stint after leaving Madrid. Despite leaving Los Blancos in 2018, Cristiano Ronaldo has left an everlasting legacy at Los Blancos.

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Edited by Shardul Sant
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