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Cristiano Ronaldo Needed a Dedicated Translator to Understand Sir Alex Ferguson’s Scottish Accent

Cristiano Ronaldo Needed a Dedicated Translator to Understand Sir Alex Ferguson’s Scottish Accent

Cristiano Ronaldo and Sir Alex Ferguson still enjoy a very healthy relationship, as we told you earlier this week about the legendary Scottish manager accompanying his former prodigy to the premiere of his new documentary, Ronaldo.

But it transpires that the duo weren’t always on the same wavelength with the Real Madrid striker revealing that he needed a dedicated translator to understand Fergie’s accent.

The pair worked together for six years at Manchester United, winning every major trophy available in that time, but despite learning English, Ronaldo didn’t always understand his manager’s instructions.

The superstar has appeared on The Jonathan Ross show, to be screened on ITV on Saturday night, and he laughed as he told the presenter:

“I still don’t understand him! In the beginning, I had a translator, a Brazilian man, of course, basically only for him.”

But despite some things being lost in translation in the earlier days, Ronaldo reveals that he still credits Ferguson with helping turn him into the legend he is today.

He added:

“I have to appreciate the work that he had with me because I learnt many things with him so I have to appreciate the unbelievable moments, but [also] the bad moments because that made me grow up as a player.”

You can see the full interview with Ronaldo on The Jonathan Ross Show, live on ITV at 9.45pm on Saturday November 14.


In September this year, we told you how Sir Alex Ferguson was releasing his own range of Christmas tress named the Ferguson Fir.

It has been brought to our attention that the trees were named after Ferguson merely as a tribute and the former Manchester United coach has not endorsed these products in any way.

We apologise for any concern or confusion caused.

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