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30/10/2008 09:11

Papers: Red-hot Ron

Ronaldo hammers home title warning
Cristiano Ronaldo received a world player of the year award and Golden Boot before kick-off. Then within half an hour, he showed just why those prestigious trophies will be forcing their way on to his already cluttered mantelpiece. Two first-half goals, a match-winning display and all with the minimum of effort. The world award is from FIFPro decided by 50 players from around the globe — and there is no greater honour than to be recognised by your contemporaries in any trade. Ron was rightly acknowledged with that, while his 31 league goals last season landed the Golden Boot. He received both awards with some humility, aware that many Manchester United fans still see his summer attempts to engineer a move to Real Madrid as treacherous. It was muted cheers at best but the noise level went up when he found the back of the net.
Neil Custis, The Sun

Ronaldo looks set to add another award to his already bulging collection after being nominated for the FIFA World Player of the Year.

The Sun features quotes from Sir Alex's United Review column in which the manager revealed he had a heart-to-heart with Carlos Tevez to reassure him his future is at Old Trafford.

In other news, Italy legend Arrigo Sacchi has launched an amazing attack on Sir Alex and ignited a fresh war of words over Ronaldo. The former AC Milan chief accused Fergie of double standards for putting the boot in on Real Madrid over their chase for Ronaldo. But Sacchi insisted United should be in the firing line for nicking his teenage striker Giuseppe Rossi in 2004.

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