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World Cup winner explains struggles of facing ‘machine’ Ronaldo

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A man who spent several years in Spain playing against CR7 has now reflected on how Herculean of a task it is to tie him down.

Cristiano Ronaldo joined Juventus in the summer of 2018 after putting an end to almost a decade-long association with Real Madrid.

It was during those nine years that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner cemented his legacy as arguably the best player in the world.

The Portugal captain had made a habit out of terrorizing La Liga defenders during his reign at the Spanish capital, and Adil Rami is one such defender who experienced Ronaldo’s terror first hand.

Rami, a vastly-experienced and World Cup-winning center-back, spent five years in the Spanish top-flight playing for Valencia and Sevilla when the 35-year old forward was at the peak of his powers.

“The thing about Ronaldo that impresses me is the amount of work he puts in,” the Frenchman told in an interview with RMC Sport.

“The first time I saw him was when I left Frejus and arrived in Lille. They were playing in the Champions League at the time. I saw him and I was like ‘this one is amazing!’

“Sometime later, I met him in La Liga … a machine.

“After the match, I went to eat with the family and they asked me ‘so, Ronaldo?’ I told them I was shocked at how tough he is, not a gram of fat!

“The first few games, I was a little stressed. Unai Emery told me not to give him any space, to stay on my feet and to have cover because when he strikes, it is over.”

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