Cristiano Ronaldo loves challenges in his career, and Sir Alex Ferguson found out the hard way.
The legendary Manchester United manager made a £400 bet with the Portuguese star that he won’t score 15 goals in the Premier League before the 2006/07 season.
Cristiano Ronaldo took that as an added motivation and scored 13 goals by December. The Portuguese star pocketed the £400 by February after scoring a penalty against Tottenham in their 4-0 win.
Sir Alex Ferguson spoke to the media after the game and said:
“Penalties don’t count. Oh well, I’ll need to go the bank. It’s fantastic, the boy has come on great, he’s got the courage to want the ball. I thought he played in the early parts of the match he was careless but once he got more of the ball and I think he improved because he had more of the ball. I think he’s that type of player where you have to service him and get the ball to him and get him working in the game. He’s not the player who plays in the fringes, he’s a player who has to be involved all the time.”
The Manchester United star went on to break Frank Lampard’s record of most goals by a midfielder in a Premier League season and ended 2006/07 with 17 goals.
Cristiano Ronaldo is set to make his second debut for Manchester United this weekend. The Portuguese star joined from Juventus last week for a reported fee of €15 million plus €8 million in add-ons.
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