Sir Alex Ferguson appeared as a special guest at ‘An Evening With Rory McIlroy’ in Dublin on Tuesday night.
The event was enough to pull in a 2,000-strong crowd at the Dublin Convention Centre and was hosted by Irish actor James Nesbitt.
The Daily Mail have reported that former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was called upon by golf star – and United fan – McIlroy to give his insight into hard work and the ‘disease’ of complacency in the world of professional sports.
The Q&A session lasted around 90 minutes, but it wasn’t long before Sir Alex was dragged into the hotly-contested debate over the world’s top two players – Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Real Madrid striker Ronaldo played under Fergie for six years at Old Trafford after signing from Sporting Lisbon at just 18 years old.
During his time under the legendary United manager, Ronaldo won a numerous titles, including three Premier League crowns, the Champions League and his first of three Ballon d’Or trophies.
So you could perhaps forgive Sir Alex for his slightly biased view of who is the better player.
As per the Daily Mail, Ferguson said: “Now don’t get me wrong, Messi is a fantastic player, it’s like he’s wearing slippers when he controls the ball. But here, for me, is the difference. Messi is a Barcelona player.
“But Ronaldo could play for Stockport County and score a hat-trick. He has everything.
“He can shoot with both feet, head the ball, he’s as brave as a lion, and here’s something else people overlook.
“During my time at Manchester United I was lucky enough to have a lot of people who put in countless extra hours to get better. Gary Neville turned himself from an average footballer into a wonderful one because of his work ethic, as did David Beckham.
“But Ronaldo used to completely exhaust himself, and still does. He just wanted to be the best in the world.”
Source: Daily Mail