Fergie - Ron set for more gongs

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Sir Alex Ferguson expects Cristiano Ronaldo to replicate his 2008 Ballon d'Or success in the future.

United boss hails the achievements of his star man

Sir Alex Ferguson expects Cristiano Ronaldo to replicate his 2008 Ballon d'Or success in the future. The Manchester United winger was in Paris to collect his award on Sunday having been named the best player in the world by France Football magazine. A remarkable 42-goal haul last season saw the Portuguese superstar help United to Premier League and UEFA Champions League glory. Those achievements were always going to be difficult to top, but Ferguson believes his 23-year-old talisman is capable of even better in the future. "Of course he can win it again," the United coach said on TF1. "He's only starting his career. We expect, and I think Cristiano also expects, him to improve.

Legend

"I think that when a player gets to 26 that's when they begin to mature so these next three or four years for Cristiano will prove my point. "He'll win more and I hope he'll win them at Manchester United. "Everyone at the club is delighted to see him get this prize because it represents the best award you can get as a footballer, this individual prize. "He really deserved it when you look at what he did this year, 42 goals from a wing position is amazing. "It's a long time, 40 years, since (George) Best got it so I'm delighted that we have another prestigious moment. "It's also part of the legend of Cristiano Ronaldo."

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