Thursday, March 30, 2023

Cristiano Ronaldo is an ‘exceptional player’, says Carlo Ancelotti

Actual Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has sprung to the defence of Cristiano Ronaldo by highlighting his professionalism throughout his time on the Spanish membership, after the ahead misplaced his place in Portugal’s World Cup beginning line-up.

Portugal’s most-capped participant and all-time prime scorer got here off the bench late of their 6-1 win over Switzerland within the final 16, having been dropped from the beginning facet after an outburst following his substitution in opposition to South Korea.

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Italian Ancelotti managed Ronaldo for 2 seasons at Actual.

“Ronaldo probably still feels in his 20s because he’s fine, he’s got the answers he’s looking for in his body,” Ancelotti advised Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport. “The competition has become tough.

“I’ve coached him (Ronaldo) for two years and there were no problems. In fact he solved them for me. Cristiano trains well, he pays attention to detail, everything was easy for me to manage. He is an exceptional player.”

Portugal’s Soccer Federation on Thursday denied media stories that Ronaldo had threatened to go away the nationwide staff in the course of the World Cup after coach Fernando Santos dropped him.

Ronaldo, who has not scored since changing a penalty in Portugal’s opening sport in opposition to Ghana, issued a press release saying the squad have been “a group too united to be broken by external forces”.

Portugal faces Morocco within the quarter-finals on Saturday.

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