Cristiano Ronaldo improves those around him and is an example to follow for the new breed of football players, suggests Matthijs de Ligt.
Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo remains a talismanic presence for his side at an age most players significantly decline or even start seriously considering hanging up their boots.
An extremely intelligent player who knows how and when to adapt to different situations, Ronaldo has largely limited his game to the final third of the pitch in recent times.
This has allowed him to prolong his career beyond what is considered normal for a forward of his nature, who used to rely heavily on his pace and physicality.
And the results are quite visible. The Portuguese ace has won three Champions League, La Liga, and Euro after turning 30. A Ballon d’Or and FIFA Best Player award further confirms that he was a key contributor in all of those successes.
Teammate Matthijs de Ligt is impressed by how the 35-year old is still managing to push his boundaries.
“Ronaldo is the best of his generation and huge example for young players,” De Ligt told Tuttosport.
“I always try to improve the way I play by watching him because even in training he has a crazy intensity and you wonder if he really is 35 years old.”