When Manchester United’s Sir Alex Ferguson died on Thursday at the age of 88, the world was left to speculate on the role of the legendary international in the club’s history.
But for the man himself, his passing was a personal tragedy that was as much about football as about the game itself.
Ferguson’s legacy was built on the passion and determination that made him one of the most revered figures in world football.
He is the only player to have won three World Cups, won two Champions Leagues and two League Cups, and a record 12 European Cups and one UEFA Cup.
In addition, he was the first manager to lead his side to four successive league titles, a treble.
But the legacy of Ferguson, as well as of many of his players, will be felt for many years to come.
As the World Cup draws to a close in Brazil, the legacy will inevitably be discussed.
For now, we’ll focus on the greatest players of all time.
Sir Alex was a legend of the game Sir Alex’s career has been defined by three defining moments: winning the FA Cup, becoming the first player to win the Premier League title and becoming the most decorated footballer in history.
He also won three Champions Leages.
His first trophy came in his final match at the Etihad Stadium, when he won the FA Trophy for his club, Everton, in 1965.
His last league title came in 1962 when he reached the Champions League final.
Sir David Beckham, the most successful footballer in modern times, won the Footballer of the Year award in 2007 and is currently on the verge of the greatest single season in English football history, winning more than 100 caps and scoring more than 300 goals.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s career won him four Premier League titles Sir Alex, left, is regarded as one of football’s greatest players Sir Alex joined Everton as a teenager.
In the early years of the 1960s, he became a regular starter in the first team.
He won three FA Cups, two League titles and one FA Cup Winners’ Cup, before winning the Football League and League Cup in 1963.
He was a regular at Wembley Stadium when United won the European Cup in 1966.
When Ferguson was 18, he joined Everton and helped lead them to a league title and a FA Cup.
He played every minute of every match in 1966-67 and won the Premier Player of the Season award.
In 1963, he led Everton to a Premier League and FA Cup double.
Ferguson became a fan favourite Ferguson, who became a football fanboy, loved watching matches on television, and was always keen to see the teams playing.
He took to the pitch at Wembley to watch Everton play West Ham United.
In 1969, Ferguson’s former club Manchester United became the first to win back-to-back League Cups and FA Cups when they beat Manchester United 2-1 in the FA League Cup final.
Ferguson was voted the greatest ever player in England Sir Alex made his mark on English football, winning a record 14 league titles and two FA Cups.
He scored more goals than any other player in English history, including a record nine hat-tricks in a career that lasted from 1957 to 1962.
He became the most famous footballer in the world when he became the youngest ever Premier League winner in 1960.
He helped United win the European Cups for the first time in 1964 and 1965, and became the manager of Manchester United from 1963 to 1969.
He helped Manchester United win back the Premier league for the third time Sir Alex led United to the Premier Leagues in 1964, the FA Cups for Manchester United in 1965 and the League Cups for United in 1967.
The success of Ferguson and United led to another great success Sir Alex became United’s captain when they won the 1963 FA Cup and the 1964 FA Cup as well.
He made his international debut for England at the 1965 World Cup in Italy, where he helped United reach the semi-finals.
Ferguson was one of many world-class players that were a part of United’s success in the 1970s Sir Alex is remembered as one the greatest footballers of all-time, and his reputation was made even more famous by the emergence of one of world football’s great personalities, Sir Bobby Charlton.
Charlton was a brilliant player and one of Uniteds greatest ever strikers.
His goals in the 1966 World Cup proved to be crucial to United’s qualification for the 1966 European Cup.
Charlston also played a key role in the team’s FA Cup triumph in 1968.
Charltons goals and goal scoring record was matched by only one other player on United’s 1966 side, and Charlton’s goal in the 1958 FA Cup final is the second-most goals scored in a World Cup final ever.
‘The Old Trafford’ is one of Britain’s most iconic landmarks Sir Alex also played in the iconic Old Trafford.
The club he joined in 1964 was the home of Manchester City.
United won their first league title in 1969, then in 1970 and