• Watch: Ferguson sends emotional congratulatory message to Ronaldo

    Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson sent Cristiano Ronaldo a congratulatory video message after the Juventus forward was named Portuguese Player of the Year.

    Ronaldo won the award for a 10th time after starring in Juve’s Serie A triumph and Portugal’s victory at the Nations League Finals.

    And Ferguson, who worked with Ronaldo at Old Trafford between 2003 and 2009, praised the 34-year-old after he scooped the prize.

    ‘Congratulations on a great achievement,’ Ferguson said. ‘I’m really sorry I can’t be with you.

    ‘I look back, I see as a young lad at 17 years of age when you came to Manchester United, how you’ve progressed as a human being and a fantastic sportsman.

    ‘I want to say to you, your mother, all your family and your kids: well done. You have been a pleasure for me to have known, to have worked with and to have seen you progress into the footballer you are. Good luck, have a great night and well done.’

    Ronaldo is expected to win his 159th Portugal cap when Fernando Santos’s side face Serbia on Saturday.