Rio Ferdinand hails Ronaldo

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Former Manchester United player Rio Ferdinand has reiterated the fact that he knew that the Real Madrid and former Red Devils player Cristiano Ronaldo would go on to become a world class player having played alongside the star Portuguese player and judging him from close quarters.

“We all knew he’d be a world-class footballer,” Ferdinand told Match of the Day magazine.

Ronaldo lifted the Champions League title with Real Madrid this season by defeating Atletico Madrid in the final and Ronaldo was in the thick of things as he scored on the decisive penalty during the shootout to clinch the title. This was yet another season where CR7 scored 50 plus goals and Ferdinand was extremely impressed with Ronaldo for having another stellar season.

“It was obvious. But if I was to say I knew he’d become a 50-goal a season player…I’d be lying.

“You couldn’t foresee that. And remember he’s doing it playing left wing. He’s not playing centre-forward! It’s just wow!”

Rio Ferdinand also remarked on the extensive training routine of the star player as this was vital for success and the level he has reached now.

He said: “Obviously he’s got talent but it’s about understanding how to train.

“If you don’t train hard all of the time – if you don’t train as you play – when the whistle goes you’re not going to be in tune.

“You need determination, a drive, a work ethic to become that player consistently over a period of time!”

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