Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri on Monday praised star striker Cristiano Ronaldo and said the Portuguese star is mentally stronger than everyone else. “In terms of mentality, he is stronger than anyone else. Every day he finds personal objectives to hit and he can find them within himself,” goal.com quoted Allegri as saying. Allegri who won the 2011 Scudetto with AC Milan and became Juventus’ manager in 2014 commended Ronaldo as an extremely dedicated player with incredible determination. “A player who has won everything he has at the age of 34 will find it difficult to feel hungry, but he is deadly in that sense. He has this determination that is incredible,” Allegri said.
“We should all learn from Ronaldo, and I too have learned, because it’s not everyone who gets to work with the best player in the world,” he added. Manager Allegri hailed the Portuguese star’s relentless hunger for wins and compared him to Zlatan Ibrahimovic. “For example, on Saturday morning we have a game between ranks in training. He has fun, but his fun is winning the game. I explained it to him and I’ve written the same about Ibra in the book, his idea of fun is winning, but I told him not everyone is like that and for some, there’s fun in a back-heel flick, a cheeky move, etc. And then later you bring that into the match situation,” Allegri said.
“I had Ibra at Milan, who every day would get angry about a misplaced pass and I told him that if everyone was as talented as him, there would be no problems. I told him he was the one who had to put himself at the disposal of the others, just as the best and most talented must always do with his peers,” he added. Ronaldo was with Real Madrid before joining Juventus. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner added the Serie A and Supercoppa Italiana to his growing list of honours this season. The Portuguese star had won three successive Champions League titles during his time at Madrid.