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Man Utd boss Ferguson tribute to Real Madrid star Ronaldo: Success down to work ethic

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson says the success of Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is down to his work ethic.

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."

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