Cristiano Ronaldo: Ferguson never handed Portuguese Man United's captaincy because of Rooney

Cristiano Ronaldo: Ferguson never handed Portuguese Man United's captaincy because of Rooney

- Cristiano Ronaldo joined Manchester United from Sporting Lisbon in 2003

- The striker won his first Ballon d’Or title during his spell at the Premier League club

- Despite spending six years at the Old Trafford outfit, the superstar was never handed the club’s captaincy

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Cristiano Ronaldo spent six seasons at Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson winning the Premier League, the Champions League as well as his first ever Ballon d’Or.

During his spell at the English club, the Portuguese sensation was never handed the captain band under the legendary tactician.

As at 2006, Gary Neville was the club captain but he once suffered an injury that left him out of action for some time and he consequently lost influence on the squad.

Neville claims he once approached the manager Ferguson to hand someone else the captaincy, but the tactician insisted that the player will rotate it with Ryan Giggs. He recounts what the manager said, as cited in Mirror.

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"You'll keep that armband, son.' The reason he gave me: 'You and Giggs will rotate it. If I give it to Ronaldo, Rooney will kick off. If I give it to Rooney, Ronaldo will kick off. If I give it to Vidic, Ferdinand won't be happy'.
"Sir Alex wanted to make sure the team came first. Even though I felt unworthy as a captain at that stage."
Cristiano Ronaldo: Former Manchester United boss never handed Portuguese striker club’s captaincy
Cristiano Ronaldo spent six years under the tutelage of Sir Alex Ferguson. Photo: John Peters
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And Ronaldo has continued to set and shatter records since leaving the Red Devils for Real Madrid and then Juventus.

His goal in Juventus’ 3-1 win over Dynamo Kyiv in the Champions League on Wednesday night, December 2, takes his professional goals tally to 750 for club and country.

The Portuguese sensation reached the landmark when he tapped home from less than a yard out to also make it 71 goals in the Champions League.

Meanwhile, earlier reported that Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson believes Lionel Messi is better than his compatriot Diego Maradona in terms of achievement.

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The 60-year-old former Napoli striker won the 1986 edition of the FIFA World Cup championship for his country at the age of 18.

He also clinched two Italian League trophies and a UEFA Cup for The Parthenopeans during his seven-year reign at the club.

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