New Juventus signing Dejan Kulusevski is ‘very grateful’ to call the world’s best player Cristiano Ronaldo a teammate and hopes to follow in his example.
Kulusevski will link-up with Ronaldo at Juventus this season after a productive loan spell with fellow Serie A side Parma.
The 20-year-old has had quite the week from a surprise omission from Sweden’s defeat against France, which an infuriated Zlatan Ibrahimovic branded a ‘f***ing joke’, to facing none other than Ronaldo.
Zlatan has slammed Sweden for leaving Juve talent Dejan Kulusevski out of the starting team vs. France 🤬🤬🤬
"What a f*cking joke. Further proof. Incompetent people in the wrong positions that suffocate Swedish football."
— Goal (@goal) September 7, 2020
He witnessed first-hand as the five-time Ballon d’Or winner smashed home two sublime goals as Portugal beat Sweden 2-0, becoming only the second player ever to score 100 or more international goals.
“He’s fantastic, pure gasoline, he is a world-class player that everyone wants to play with,” said Kulusevski as quoted on Tribal Football.
“He is an example that I want. follow. In every game he proves that he is the best, I am lucky to be his teammate and I will learn everything from him. He is kind, he loves helping others. I am very grateful.”
Kulusevski will no doubt come in handy for Ronaldo and Juventus for the new season. Not only is he a highly-rated talent, but his versatility could be a useful trait as he can play in central midfield, down the flanks, and even as a center-forward.
Even Ronaldo had some words of praise for the Swedish youngster after his historic night at the Friends Arena on Tuesday.
“He is a great talent,” said Cristiano. “He will help us to win and achieve incredible things.
“I really like to see him, he has a great potential, and he’s an excellent player. I hope to play with him and score a lot of goals together.”