Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken glowingly of Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo. Ferguson was asked to rate Ronaldo and Barcelona ace Lionel Messi.

He said: "They are both the best in the world. They have different qualities, but they both have fantastic desire.

"Pride to play, pride to prepare. Ronaldo practiced for hours, that's what made him a great player. We had the privilege of him for six years and he will go down as one of the best players this club has ever had."