FORMER Chelsea boss Phil Scolari has spoken about the relationship he forged with Cristiano Ronaldo following the death of his father.
Ronaldo, 37, lost his father in September 2005 and it was then Portuguese coach Scolari who informed him of the sad news.
Scolari took the blame and described their relationship as taking to the next level – revealing it sparked a link between Ronaldo and himself.
He told Daily mail: “It was very difficult. It was a moment that created a bond between us, a relationship that transcended even the coach-athlete relationship.
“When the news reached us, before the match against Russia, no one knew how to tell him and no one wanted that.
“So I told them I would do it because I know what it feels like to lose a parent. I lost my father a few years ago.
“It was very sad, but it was a moment that connected us as friends.
“The next day, Cristiano played a great game and returned to Portugal. He asked to play. He said: ‘I can’t do anything for my father today, so I will play tomorrow. tomorrow and then I’ll go.”
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But Ronaldo also has one Special bond with another character in football – Sir Alex Ferguson.
He talks about his ex Manchester United Boss: “I feel this guy is unbelievable. He is the father of football for me.”
Ronaldo recently revealed Fergie gave him time off to visit his father when he fell ill in the hospital, despite the fact that it meant he missed important games of the season.
CR7 appreciates this act, he describes it as a beautiful story, and it helps explain their father-son relationship.
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https://www.the-sun.com/sport/4636545/scolari-cristiano-ronaldo-man-utd/ Former Portugal coach Phil Scolari reveals relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo after telling Man Utd ace his father has passed away