Ronaldo should be lauded for his courage, not condemned for cockiness: Ferguson

March 7th, 2009 - 5:39 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Mar 7 (ANI): Sir Alex Ferguson has said that Cristiano Ronaldo should be respected because he is prepared to make himself a target to entertain his fans.

The Manchester United boss admitted that he accepted his old foe Arsene Wenger was right to suggest that Ronaldos arrogance invited opposing defenders to attack him.

Ferguson says such special attention is an occupational hazard for the world player of the year, but believes Ronaldo should be lauded for his courage, not condemned for cockiness.

Arsene said that sometimes it appears as arrogance, not that Cristiano is arrogant, and that’’s different. I can understand what he’’s saying. When a player expresses himself in such an entertaining way, defenders don”t enjoy it, The Telegraph quoted him, as saying.

It was exactly the same with George Best when he was a player. Its not that theyre prepared to do what they do but that theyve the courage to do it. Thats the wonderful courage Cristiano has, that hes always prepared to entertain and do something good with the ball.

On Wednesday, Newcastle Uniteds Alan Smith, who escaped punishment, scythed the European Footballer of the Year down.

Ronaldo was also struck in the face by Newcastles right back, Steven Taylor, but the FA said no punishment would be taken against Taylor.

Ronaldo himself was cautioned for diving in Sundays Carling Cup final, a booking that outraged Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. (ANI)

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