Jose Mourinho has given his take on what sets his old Real Madrid star man Cristiano Ronaldo apart from everyone else.
At 34 years old, Ronaldo continues to defy expectations following a standout debut campaign at Juventus. He scored 28 goals and assisted 13 times in just 43 appearances to help the club win another Serie A title and Supercoppa Italiana.
The Portuguese forward has collected five Ballon d’Ors and Champions League titles in his extraordinary career. Thus, he’s now regarded as one of the all-time greats.
Despite his obvious raw talent, however, Ronaldo’s most notable trait is his commitment to training and the never-ending quest for perfection.
The former Manchester United star harnessed his incredible skills through hours of practice. This has even inspired the latest young Portuguese prospect emerging at Old Trafford in Diogo Dalot
And now Mourinho, who has coached many talented players in his time at Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and United, has given his views on what sets Ronaldo apart.
“The difference is all in his head, it is a natural advantage, it is in his DNA,” Mourinho told Eleven Sports.
“Ambition, motivation, personal pride are all things that are not bought and that are there from birth. Ronaldo will be like that until the end. He is one of those mentally special players.”
Ronaldo enjoyed the most prolific form of his career under Mourinho after providing 168 goals and 49 assists in 164 matches in their three years together at Real.
The forward had hoped to reunite with Mourinho at Juventus for next season following Massimiliano Allegri’s departure.
Latest reports have indicated, however, that there will be no dream Ronaldo-Mourinho reunion at Turin.
Italian media have stated, instead, that Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is the favourite to replace Allegri at Juventus.
Meanwhile, Mourinho is expecting to make a return to management in the summer after leaving United in December. Although he’s yet to offer any possible indication on his next destination.