The former player of the Portugal national team, Abel Xavier, recalled anecdotes of Cristiano Ronaldo
Absent in Manchester’s 4-0 loss to Liverpool due to the death of his son, Cristiano Ronaldo should be on the pitch against Arsenal this Saturday.
Despite some criticism, the star continues to impress with his numbers despite being a veteran. With 21 goals this season, the Portuguese has three hat-tricks since he returned to the Red Devils in the middle of last year.
For the former player Abel Xavierit is not a surprise what the former teammate of the Portuguese team has achieved at 37 years of age.
“He is still at the highest level and is considered one of the best in the world, it is something fantastic and exemplary. He is the greatest reference we have in football, an ambassador and his story is an example for young people. he continues with ambition and will return to the World Cup, where the best from all continents are. I hope he continues to be effective in his quality of play and that Portugal can support him”, he told ESPN.
The former player of Liverpool Y Rome He doesn’t forget the day that Ronaldo appeared on the soccer planet. At 18 he shone with the Sporting against Manchester United at the inauguration of the José Alvalade stadium in Lisbon in 2003.
“I saw him play and after everything he did, I was sure that United would sign him immediately! And that’s what happened. With that income, the club would pay anything,” Abel said.
Ronaldo joined the Red Devils in mid-2003 and marked an era with alex ferguson. She won several titles, including the Champions Leagueand was named the best player in the world in 2008.
“He went to work with a father figure like Ferguson, who he said was very important in his career. Often a talented young man can be lost if he does not have the right leadership. the years in the United they have made it grow,” he said. said.
“In 2008 I played in Los Angeles Galaxy with David Beckham and I received Ronaldo in Los Angeles. He told me that he was going to be the best in the world. We were sitting in a hotel talking and he recovered from an injury and he told me: I’m focused and I’m going to be the best in the world,'” he said.
With more than 800 goals throughout his career, the Portuguese has not yet set a retirement date.
“He is focused and creates good habits. That’s why at 37 years old he is like this because he learned how to manage his career. He understood what he had to do to be the best.”