Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could learn from Cristiano Ronaldo and sacrifice his pace for better positioning, says Gabriel Agbonlahor.
A crucial reason why Cristiano Ronaldo has been able to stay at the top of the game for so long, other than his extraordinary talent, unparalleled determination, and an undying hunger for success, is his ability to adapt and evolve.
Ronaldo was full of tricks and flicks during his Manchester United days, a flashy winger who loved to make fun of the opposition defenders.
The Portuguese still used to put defenders to shame during his time at Real Madrid, but in a different manner – by scoring at will. He started making fewer runs up and down the pitch and began to focus his energy more on converting chances.
By the time he moved to Juventus, he had almost entirely restricted his moment to the final third of the pitch.
Ronaldo’s intelligence to acknowledge the physical limitations of his body with age and to change his playing style accordingly has worked wonders as he continues to be one of the best players on the planet at 35 years old.
Another forward, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who is approaching the twilight of his playing career, has been advised to follow in the footsteps of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner in order to remain a threat in the Premier League.
“Aubameyang, people might disagree with me but he’s the best striker in the Premier League for me, the way he plays,” said Gabriel Agbonlahor, as Express reports.
“Aubameyang, even if he loses a yard [of pace], he’s still going to be the best striker in the Premier League. He’s still going to be quicker than every defender, and he’s a goalscorer.
“We see Ronaldo’s pace, he’s not as fast as he used to be but he’s changed the way he plays. [Ronaldo’s] a goalscorer now and Aubameyang might be that in two years’ time.”