Recently in the news, we’ve read about Sir Alex Ferguson paying Cristiano Ronaldo a visit, and we’ve seen how Roberto Mancini says he would like to work with Yaya Toure again – making us look further into managers who’ve always had their one special player.
The Fan Park Crew brings you five mangers and their golden boys.
Sir Alex Ferguson & Cristiano Ronaldo
Fergie signed the then young Portuguese winger at the age of 17, and their relationship became one similar to a father and son. Ronaldo excelled under his former manager before his move to Real Madrid. Despite his transfer, the pair has remained close and Ronaldo always has kind words about the Scot. Two weeks ago, Fergie watched the 30-year-old play in Madrid, and met for dinner afterwards.
Pep Guardiola & Lionel Messi
Although Messi hardly ever said much, it wasn’t hard to spot that the Argentine was his Barcelona manager’s ‘favourite’ child. If a player came into the Catalan club team and failed to perform with the 27-year-old, he was shipped out just as quickly – even if his name was Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Even Samuel Eto’o made his mark at Barca before Messi did, but there’s no way that former coach Guardiola was getting rid of Messi.
Jose Mourinho & Didier Drogba
Currently in his second spell under the Portuguese manager at Chelsea, Drogba has always been a crowd favourite, as well as Mourinho’s. He was dominant when he first joined the Blues, and many goals later, he was sold – perhaps because he was getting on a bit. However, at 37-years-old, he is back at Chelsea, and will always be brought on before the more youthful players, like Loic Remy. The two have always spoken highly of one another, and it’s been said that Drogba could join Mourinho’s coaching staff upon retirement.
Brendan Rodgers & Jordan Henderson
Many questioned the young English player when he joined Liverpool from Sunderland, but his Irish manager, Brendan Rodgers, has never once doubted his tireless midfielder. He was named vice-captain last season, and this season, he’s had to lead his side - and he has done it well so far. It’s clear that Rodgers and Henderson have a strong relationship, and it’s one that we’ll most likely see grow stronger.
Roberto Mancini & Yaya Toure
The Italian manager introduced the Ivorian to the English Premier League, and it’s where Yaya has gone on to play some of his best football. The two became close when they worked together, and recent reports have surfaced linking the 31-year-old with Inter Milan, Mancini’s current club. The former City boss has said that he wants Toure to join him on numerous occasions.
Can you name any other manager who has perhaps favoured a single player? Let us know in the comments section below.