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Sir Alex Ferguson statue unveiled at Aberdeen's Pittodrie Stadium

A statue of Sir Alex Ferguson has been unveiled by Aberdeen FC to commemorate his success managing the club. Sir Alex famously led the Dons to victory in the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1983 when they beat Real Madrid 2‐1 in Gothenburg.

Sir Alex, 80, was joined at Friday's statue ceremony by other club greats including Willie Miller, Gordon Strachan and Neil Simpson. Sculptor Andy Edwards produced the bronze statue which was unveiled at Pittodrie Stadium where Sir Alex received a standing ovation from fans as he arrived. He described the statue as a "fantastic honour" and said that he was impressed with how it had turned out. During the ceremony, Sir Alex said that was was achieved at Aberdeen was "almost a miracle".

"The thing about human beings, some people want to go to the moon for their holidays and some want to go to the local park. These boys wanted to go to the moon," he said. "They had the desire to be better and better and that gave me the incentive to work with them and let them understand that, look, other clubs want to win trophies, you have to want to win it more than them. The desire to win more than others is what will get you there."

The statue is the first of a series which is being planned to celebrate and honour club legends.

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