Former Portugal defender Abel Xavier spoke about what makes Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo so special in an interview with Stats Perform News.
Cristiano Ronaldo is a natural-born winner who has shown throughout his career that he has not desire to sit back and be content in his comfort zone, former Portugal international Abel Xavier says.
Since joining Manchester United as a promising teenager, Ronaldo has racked up the largest set of collective and individual prizes in world football.
In six years with United, he won three Premier League trophies, two EFL Cups, an FA Cup and the Champions League in 2008.
His hunger for winning continued during nine prolific seasons with Real Madrid, during which time he became Los Blancos‘ all-time record goalscorer, won two LaLiga titles, two Copas del Rey and the Champions League on four occasions.
Ronaldo left Madrid for Juventus ahead of the 2018-19 campaign and lifted the Serie A trophy and Supercoppa Italiana during his debut season.
Another league title with Juve appears on the horizon, with the Bianconeri four points clear of Lazio with 10 games remaining and former Liverpool and Roma full-back Xavier says Ronaldo is fuelled by undertaking different challenges and would be successful wherever he plays.
“He’s a winner and his mental focus is great,” Xavier told Stats Perform News of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
“You realise he does not like the comfort zone. He was in Madrid, he won; he was at Man United, he won; he’s at Juventus and has also won things.
”Wherever he goes, he is going to win – individually and collectively. Of course, there is going to arrive a moment when he is not going to be able to produce the same style of football, but when you’re looking to win – concerning the goal-scoring positions – he is one of the best.
Nowadays, the effort [for the team] is to try and put him in the right place to score, he added.