Cristiano Ronaldo is a complete player, says Xabi Alonso
Cristiano Ronaldo is a "complete" footballer, according to the Portugal international's Real Madrid team-mate Xabi Alonso
Xabi Alonso has hailed Cristiano Ronaldo as a “complete” footballer and the most ambitious player he has ever met ahead of Real Madrid’s Champions League showdown with Manchester United.
The Portugal international, who has already netted a staggering 40 goals in 39 games for Real Madrid in all competitions this season, scored Los Blancos‘ equaliser in the 1-1 first-leg draw against his former club at the Bernabeu last month.
Ronaldo, who scored 118 goals in 292 games during his six-year spell at United, is widely regarded as one of the world’s best alongside Barcelona star Lionel Messi.
And Alonso was full of praise for his Madrid team-mate ahead of Tuesday’s clash at Old Trafford.
“He is the most ambitious player I have met, with his hunger and desire to score in every game,” Alonso told UEFA.com.
“He is impressive in terms of his athletic qualities and his technical abilities.
“He is a complete player: he has a great shot; he knows how to put his opponent off balance in one-on-one situations; he’s great at finding space; and he has great timing.”
Cristiano Ronaldo: Champions League statistics
• Ronaldo played in two Champions League finals with United. He scored in the 1-1 draw against Carvalho and Essien’s Chelsea in Moscow in 2008, where United triumphed on penalties although Ronaldo failed from the spot. Twelve months later, his final United appearance ended in defeat by Barcelona in Rome.
• Cristiano Ronaldo is the joint top scorer in this season’s Champions League after seven matches with seven goals. The Portuguese international has found the net 16 times in his last 14 Champions League appearances.
• Ronaldo, who has played every minute of Madrid’s campaign, has had 31 attempts on target and 15 wide, both more than any other player. Madrid have had more shots on goal (88) and wide (60) than any other team.