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Ronaldo dedicates award to Sir Alex

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Cristiano Ronaldo dedicated his man of the match award to Sir Alex Ferguson after scoring twice for Real Madrid to help them win the Super Cup against Sevilla.

Ferguson, who was at the game as part of UEFA's technical committee, briefly spoke to Ronaldo in the stands while the former Manchester United player came down with his winners' medal.

Ferguson named Ronaldo the man of the match for his performance in the 2-0 win at the Cardiff City Stadium as Ronaldo lifted the Super Cup for the first time in his career.

"I am happy because I scored these two goals and I want to thank Sir Alex for handing me the man of the match trophy," Ronaldo said, as the Champions League winners lifted the first of six trophies they will be fighting for this season.

"He helped me a lot when I was just 18 in Manchester and I want to say I respect him and thank him so much for everything he did in my career.

"This was a trophy I wanted because I haven't won it yet. I was nervous, but I managed to work well with the team and I am pleased."

Ferguson, who signed Ronaldo from Sporting Lisbon for £12 million in 2002 and sold him to Madrid for £80m, said the decision to give Ronaldo the award was not a difficult one.

"Normally in a cup final it is difficult to choose a man of the match but Cristiano made it easy for me," he said.

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