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Reaction to Alex Ferguson's retirement

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Reaction to Alex Ferguson's decision to retire as manager of Manchester United, which was announced Wednesday:

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''His achievements in the game place him without doubt as one of the `greats' ... Will his longevity at the top ever be repeated?'' - FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

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''No one has made as great a contribution to the Premier League than Sir Alex Ferguson. His drive, ambition, skill, passion and vision have not only shaped Manchester United, but in many ways the game of football as we now know it.'' - Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore.

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''His CV is almost unique in a results-based profession that normally focuses on short-term solutions rather than long-term vision. He is a true visionary.'' - UEFA President Michel Platini.

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''Sir Alex Ferguson's achievements are truly remarkable - he is genuinely one of the greatest managers of all time and certainly of the modern era.'' - English Football Association chairman David Bernstein.

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''Thanks for everything, Boss'' - Real Madrid and former United forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

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''An end of an era today! Sir Alex Ferguson, the greatest of all time! United will have a tough time trying to replace him!'' - Golfer Rory McIlroy.

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''It's just not sinking in! Manchester United with no Sir Alex just doesn't feel right. What a man and great that it has ended on his terms ... His record will surely never be eclipsed. Simply astonishing to read through his managerial record of achievements.'' - Former England, Liverpool and Manchester United striker Michael Owen.

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''Alex has proven time and time again what a fantastic manager he is but he's also a wonderful person. His determination to succeed and dedication to the club have been truly remarkable,'' - Joel Glazer, joint chairman of Manchester United.

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''We spoke many times, even in the past few years and he always told me that football was his life and that he didn't really want to stay at home with the ''boss'', in other words his wife. A person with his culture, his intelligence can do any kind of work he wants. It's right that he should travel the world to represent football, not just United.'' - Former Italy, Juventus and Inter Milan coach Marcello Lippi.

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''He's done the lot, you will never see anyone of his kind again.'' - Former England and Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince.

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''It is the day to perhaps sing the praises of Sir Alex Ferguson, a remarkable man in British football who has had an extraordinary, successful career. I am sure that all members, even on the blue team (Conservative Party), will want to pay tribute to this member of the red team.'' - British Prime Minister David Cameron, referring to color of United's kit and the Labour Party backed by Ferguson.

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''The game of football will be a lot poorer place without him. He has been quite simply the best. He followed in Sir Matt Busby's footsteps and even surpassed him. He will also be the toughest act to follow.'' - Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon Taylor.

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''I'm disappointed, shocked and very, very sad.'' - Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel.

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''It's quite normal that he stops now. I'm not really surprised. It's a wise decision and he will be able to spend some time with his grandchildren.'' - Former United goalkeeper Fabien Barthez.

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''An icon is leaving. I only have fond memories of him, because even when he scolded us we knew it was for our own good. With him, it was always about the will to win, to improve.'' - Former United striker Louis Saha.

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