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Man Utd defender Ferdinand: Ronaldo just a joke

Departing Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand rates the talent of Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo as a "joke". Ferdinand spoke of his former United teammate when reflecting on the best players he's worked with.

"Cristiano Ronaldo was just a joke. If you were to ask a computer to generate the prototype for a player, it'd be him. He's physically the perfect specimen - quick, strong, the right build, and he had a work ethic. People don't realise he didn't just become the best player in the world through talent alone.

"When he first arrived, he was a wiry little kid with a bad hairstyle but he worked hard. After training he'd pick up a bag of balls and jog off through a hedge onto another pitch. He was quite shy when he was younger, so he didn't want people seeing him doing stepovers and working on his skills. After a couple of years, when people started seeing how good he was, he'd do it anywhere. Practising free-kicks, shooting with both feet. The end product is he's the best player in the world."

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