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Sir Alex Ferguson had to put atypical methods to get rid of some bad habits of Cristiano Ronaldo in his debut at Manchester United.

In an excerpt from the film “Transversales: Cristiano, the quest for a life”, journalist Simon Stone explains that the former Manchester manager had to resort to atypical methods to erase Ronaldo’s faults according to information from the RMC Sports. Recruited from Sporting Portugal, Ronaldo arrived in Manchester with some bad habits. Ronaldo in a Manchester match in December 2006 against Middlesbrough, the Portuguese against the Boro goalkeeper, he collapsed and got a penalty when the goalkeeper did not touch him. Gareth Southgate, then Boro coach, said: “There is no contact, the goalkeeper is trying to avoid him and the player is collapsing … again”, summed up the current England coach bitterly.

Simon Stone even said that “He liked to keep the ball but in England we prefer tackles! Fans don’t like simulators. Ferguson was annoyed by this attitude and resorted to this method: “He asked the jailers Scholes, Keane or Ferdinand to kick him in training”, recalls Simon Mullock, journalist for the Sunday Mirror.

 Journalist Erik Bielderman, journalist for L’Équipe Magazine, remembers one session in particular: “I don’t know what Paul Scholes had against Ronaldo that day, but he went to tackle him once then a second time and Ronaldo got angry. Scholes goes to clash a third time and Ronaldo freaks out. Fergusson understands the need to intervene. He just has one word. He yells, ‘Scholesy!!!’ Paul Scholes calms down and that’s it, the message got through.”