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Juventus boss compares 'maniac' Cristiano Ronaldo to Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Mirror logo Mirror 6 days ago Matt Maltby
Cristiano Ronaldo has been in superb form for Juventus this season © AFP/Getty Images Cristiano Ronaldo has been in superb form for Juventus this season

Massimiliano Allegri is in a good position to compare Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, having worked with both superstars in Italy.

And the Juventus manager has likened Ronaldo to the great Swedish striker, hailing the former’s relentless hunger to succeed.

Ronaldo has enjoyed a memorable debut campaign with Juve after arriving from Madrid last summer.

The Champions League winner has notched 28 goals in 42 appearances in all competitions, helping them lift the Serie A title in the process.

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Before his time in Italy, the 34-year-old won three consecutive Champions League crowns with Real Madrid , and also guided Portugal to a memorable Euro 2016 triumph.

And his current boss Allegri, who managed Ibrahimovic at AC Milan, is in awe of how Ronaldo applies himself in a bid to achieve success, according to Goal .

"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," said Allegri, who has been linked with a Juve exit this summer.

"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.

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"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.

"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.

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"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.

"It's difficult for the others to climb up to that level, so you must have the humility to not make it difficult for whoever is below you. That's true of life and not just in football, so in that sense Ronaldo is very good."

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