Former Manchester United (opens in new tab) manager Alex Ferguson sent Cristiano Ronaldo a congratulatory video message after the Juventus (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab)'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.
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Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist who's filled in wherever FourFourTwo needs him since 2014. He became a Crystal Palace fan after watching a 1-0 loss to Port Vale in 1998, and once got on the scoresheet in a primary school game against Wilfried Zaha's Whitehorse Manor (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).
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