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Mourinho reveals the Real Madrid player that Ronaldo was ‘in love’ with

Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid
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Former Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has claimed that Cristiano Ronaldo was ‘in love’ with Karim Benzema.

Jose Mourinho has claimed that Cristiano Ronaldo loved Karim Benzema’s unselfish nature at Real Madrid.

It’s no secret Benzema took on a supporting role during Ronaldo’s nine-year spell in Spain. His priority was to help create opportunities for the Portuguese ace. He often dropped deep to draw defenders to him and opened up space for his teammate, leading to a glut of goals.

In 342 appearances alongside Benzema in total, Ronaldo bagged 358 goals and 104 assists.

Now Mourinho, who coached the pair during his three-year spell at Real Madrid between 2010 and 2013, has praised Benzema.

“The best compliment you can give to Karim Benzema is that Cristiano Ronaldo was in love with him at Real Madrid,” he told The Sun.

“And for Cristiano to be in love with another attacking player means he does a lot for Cristiano — and he does a lot for every attacking player that plays around him.

“Karim is probably the only No 9 I know that is not selfish in his game. His vision is amazing, the way he enjoys his football is to play with lots of freedom. I can compare him with Harry Kane also in this sense.”

‘Karim will bring the best out of Mbappe’

The Portuguese expects Benzema to thrive for France in Euro 2020 and help get the best out of Kylian Mbappe, similar to how Harry Kane does for Son Heung-min at Tottenham in the Premier League.

“I would say Harry scores more goals, probably has more of that killer instinct than Karim but Karim, as a player, is absolutely amazing and when you look to the French team and you imagine Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe playing with him, I think it can be something great. 

“Karim will bring the best out of Mbappe, just as he did in Madrid with Cristiano.

“Like Harry with Son Heung-min, the way the technical one interacts with the one that attacks space and makes diagonal runs.

“These interactions are very important and I believe Karim, in that France team, can do very, very well.”