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Cristiano Ronaldo News: 'In terms of mentality, he is stronger than anyone else'- Juventus boss compares Ronaldo with Zlatan Ibrahimovic

  • Max Allegri compares Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Modified 14 May 2019, 16:55 IST
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Juventus talisman - Cristiano Ronaldo

What's the story?

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has pointed out the similarities between Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, claiming that the Portuguese star is mentally stronger than anyone else.

In case you didn't know...

After winning three consecutive Champions League trophies among other notable accolades, Ronaldo moved to Juventus from Real Madrid last year. In his nine seasons with Los Blancos, he became the greatest goalscorer of the club with 450 goals.

Since his transfer to Turin, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner has played a pivotal part for the Old lady in his debut season in Italy. He has racked up 28 goals in all competitions - 21 of them coming in the Serie A which helped the Bianconeri win their eight consecutive league title.

Ronaldo also netted all of Juventus' goals in the knockout stages of the Champions League. Despite his best efforts, Juventus were knocked out by Ajax from the Quarter-final stage of the competition which renders European glory elusive to the Italian giants.


The heart of the matter

Juventus boss Max Allegri enjoyed Ronaldo's relentless hunger and heaped praises on the Portuguese star, comparing him with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Speaking in an interview, Allegri said:

"In terms of mentality, he is stronger than anyone else. Every day he finds personal objectives to hit and he can find them within himself."
"A player who has won everything he has at the age of 34 will find it difficult to feel hungry, but he is deadly in that sense. He has this determination that is incredible."
"We should all learn from Ronaldo, and I too have learned, because it's not everyone who gets to work with the best player in the world."
"For example, on Saturday morning we have a game between ranks in training. He has fun, but his fun is winning the game."
"I explained it to him, and I've written the same about Ibra in the book, his idea of fun is winning, but I told him not everyone is like that and for some there's fun in a back-heel flick, a cheeky move, etc."

What's next?

The season is virtually over for Juventus but they will want to finish the campaign in a positive note. The Old Lady will host Atalanta next in the Serie A.

Published 14 May 2019, 16:55 IST
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