Cristiano Ronaldo was fined £8000 in one day by Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson… for using his mobile phone during training.

The 23-year-old Portuguese winger was caught texting four times during a single session at the club’s Carrington complex.

Strict Fergie, 66, is tightening the screw on players who are not completely focused during the club’s midweek preparation.

He has been hitting his stars in the pocket with on-the-spot £2,000 penalties for every offence.

A United source said: “The players all respect Sir Alex’s discipline. He is not a man to be messed with.

“But a few of the players have been sneaking their mobile phones on to the training pitch to send the odd text message between sessions.

“Fergie and his assistants have been cracking down on it big time recently. They insist that mobiles stay in lockers and should not be used until training is finished.”


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