If there’s anyone United fans would like Ibraimovic to emulate, it’s Eric Cantona. He had one of the biggest egos in football but Ferguson managed him brilliantly and he became the catalyst for a glorious era for the club.
Roy Keane was undoubtedly one of the finest leaders to wear the armband at Manchester United. However, he was also merciless with his criticism and that came to the fore in a shocking interview with the club’s channel that never aired.
Rio Ferdinand was among the players he called out while also questioning the standard of Ferguson’s preseason training.
He was a stunning footballer with the looks and appeal of a rockstar and the worst part was – he knew it. His ego was fed by the adulation he received which often translated to nights out on the town.
Before his tantrum at Manchester City when he refused to go on the pitch as a substitute under Roberto Mancini and subsequently flew to Argentina without notice, there were instances of his egotistical nature at Old Trafford too.
On one occasion, he ran towards the dugout after scoring and cupped his ears, hinting to Sir Alex Ferguson that he deserved more playing time.
There’s no denying that Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best players to ever grace a football pitch. He’s always had a huge ego but unlike best, channeled it to become a supreme athlete. He may not always be a team player but without that massive ego, one argue that he wouldn’t be anywhere near as good as he is.