Social Media had been abuzz with the rumours of Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement from Manchester United and when the news was finally confirmed on Wednesday morning, it was Twitter that led the charge with the tributes to the most successful manager in British football.
Some of Ferguson’s former players and opponents lent their voices to the tributes. Below, is a selection of the Tweets:
Cristiano Ronaldo’s (@Cristiano): Thanks for everything, Boss.
Rud van Nistlerooy took his time to ponder on his glorious Manchester United career under Ferguson.
Ruud van Nistlerooy (@RvN1776): 2001-2006, 219 games, 150 goals under the most successful manager in football history. It was a unique priviledge. #SAF
Gerard Pique who won the 2009 European Champions League with Manchester United before moving to Barcelona took his time to recount Fergie’s success as a manager at Old Trafford.
Gerard Pique (@3gerardpique): 26 years, 13 league titles, 2 Champions Leagues, the Cup Winners’ Cup, 5 FA Cup, 4 League Cup… Legend!
Michael Owen sounded like many others who had waited for the occasion, but still can’t believe.
Michael Owen (@themichaelowen): It’s just not sinking in! Manchester United with no Sir Alex just doesn’t feel right. What a man and great that it has ended on his terms.
Atletico Madrid’s Radamel Falcao who has since been among Manchester United transfer targets added some few plaudits.
Radamel Falcao (@FALCAO): Stand up, put your hands together and give him a big round of applause! Sir Alex Ferguson is retiring. Congrats for an amazing career!
Sergio Ramos who, though, never had any opportunity of playing under Ferguson except as an opponent added.
Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos): Acknowledgement to an amazing career at Manchester United. Remarkable #SirFerguson, a football legend.
Another player who never played for Ferguson’s team but took his time to applaud the Scot was Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany.
Vincent Kompany (@VincentKompany): Sir Alex, one of the best managers of all time. After 26 years of success in the game, we all owe him a tribute.
For David Beckham, Sir Alex Ferguson is the ‘greatest and best manager’ he has played under.