Cristiano Ronaldo has lauded Manchester United greats Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes for his longevity in the game.
Ronaldo played with the duo in one of the dominating United sides under Alex Ferguson and the Portuguese admitted that he would have been an imbecile if he didn’t learn from the duo.
Speaking to France Football about how he has maintained the tempo despite being 34 Ronaldo said: “By using my brain. If you’ve got a little intelligence, you look and take an example from those who are doing things better than you.
“That’s what I did when I was in Manchester with Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Rio Ferdinand… if you don’t learn from guys like that, you’re an imbecile.
Imitate and Adapt
“The goal isn’t to imitate but to take aspects from those who are the best and adapt it to your own personality. That’s what I did. I had some talent and I watched them.
“Sir Alex Ferguson also taught me a lot, and I realized I had the potential to score, not only dribble and pass. I started to think of being a complete player without any weakness. I could score with my right foot, my left foot and my head. I’m strong and I’m quick.
“If you have this and a real ethic and a good lifestyle, you can still do it at 34-and-a-half.”
In his extraordinary career, Ronaldo has won five Ballon d’Or, scored 700 top-level goals and has netted an incredible raft of trophies.
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