Ferguson revealed that for all his God-given gifts, Ronaldo worked hard to make himself the player he is today.
Fergie said: "Although he had a natural talent, he in many ways manufactured himself.
"He practised and practised. He had a bit of the Eric Cantona about him in that way. Paul Scholes is still the same.
"You build up a mechanism and it becomes a habit.
"That was Cristiano's habit, to do something after training.
"If there was anything about him that you might call a handicap it was the fact that he liked to look at himself in the mirror a wee bit. The players used to give him stick for that!
"But he was a good lad and great for us. I still speak to him quite regularly.
"He's always available, always wishing us well.
"We'll be the first team and result he looks for."