By Spy Uganda
England: Sir Alex Ferguson hailed Wenger as “an absolute legend” as the former Arsenal boss enjoyed a special night in his honor.
He also enjoyed a heated rivalry with Ferguson, whose Manchester United side, together with Wenger’s Arsenal, dominated English football in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
The rivalry often spilled over into bust-ups – famously including ‘Pizzagate’, when Ferguson took a slice of pizza in the face in the tunnel after his United side had ended Arsenal 49-game unbeaten Premier League run.
Ferguson’s comments on his French counterpart over the years have included, “He’s a novice. He should keep his opinions to Japanese football”, while Wenger once insisted he would “never speak about that man again”.
But speaking on Sunday night, Ferguson was effusive in his praise of Wenger.
“The career you had as a manager at Arsenal was absolutely fantastic – an absolute legend.
Ferguson himself has been a past recipient of the ‘Legends of Football’ award, which has been handed out since 1996.
Others who were honoured include Kenny Dalglish, Alan Shearer, Eric Cantona, Jose Mourinho, Ryan Giggs, Pele, David Beckham, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, with the annual dinner having raised £8million for the Nordoff Robins music therapy charity.