Sir Alex Ferguson has sent a tender message to former Manchester United protege Cristiano Ronaldo as he scooped another individual award.
The former Red Devils boss brought the 18-year-old to Old Trafford in 2003 and developed a father-son relationship with the winger.
Under Sir Alex’s guidance, Ronaldo has developed into one of the greatest players in the history of the game.
The Juventus winger was named as Portugal’s Player of the Yera for a record tenth time, despite turning 34 during the 2018/19 season.
Ronaldo beat off competition from Joao Felix, Bernardo Silva, Ruben Neves and Bruno Fernandes after a season which saw him pick up three trophies.
And Ferguson paid an emotional tribute to his former star pupil.
“Congratulations on a great achievement and a wonderful night you’re going to have in Portugal,” Ferguson said.
“I’m really sorry I can’t be with you, but I look back and see you as a young lad at 17 years of age who came to Manchester United, how you have progressed as a human being and a fantastic sportsman.
“I want to say to you, and your mother, and all your family, and all of your kids; well done.
“You have been an absolute pleasure for me to have known, to have worked with, and to have seen you progress into the footballer you were.
“So, good luck, have a great night, and well done.”