Brazilian Ronaldo taught me how to score goals, says Chelsea’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ahead of AC Milan Champions League clash


Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will use what he learned from Ronaldo when he looks to help Chelsea defeat his former club AC Milan.

The Blues host the Italian giants at Stamford Bridge in their Champions League Group E game on Wednesday, looking for their first win of the campaign.

Aubameyang scored his first league goal for Chelsea in the win over Crystal Palace
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Brazilian Ronaldo taught me how to score goals, says Chelsea's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ahead of AC Milan Champions League clash
Ronaldo (C) kept a young Aubameyang out of AC Milan in 2007
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Aubameyang, 32, who started his career at Milan, joining the club in January 2007, scored his first Chelsea goal in his side’s 2-1 win over Crystal Palace at the weekend.

And while the Gabon international didn’t make a single appearance for AC Milan during his time there, he regularly rubbed shoulders with Brazilian legend Ronaldo in training.

Aubameyang has since revealed that the striker, considered one of the best goalscorers in history, taught him a lot.

“The team was really strong, to tell the truth,” he said.

“Ronaldo, Paolo Maldini, Alessandro Nesta… at that time I was very young.

“I was just trying to improve and watch him to learn as much as possible. To be honest, he was already a bit big! But he was still the best.


Brazilian Ronaldo taught me how to score goals, says Chelsea's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ahead of AC Milan Champions League clash
Carlo Ancelotti was the man in charge of Milan back when Aubameyang was battling Ronaldo for a first-team spot
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“I will always remember when [manager] Carlo Ancelotti asked him about his fitness, he said: “What do you want me to do, run or score goals?”

“Ancelotti said, ‘score goals’, and next time Ronaldo scored twice!

“It’s part of the character and as a striker you need it because you have to be mentally strong.”

Ronaldo only made 20 appearances for Milan but scored nine goals as he neared the end of his career.

Prior to that, he scored 295 goals in 452 appearances in all competitions, including 47 goals for Barcelona, ​​54 for PSV, 59 at Inter and a staggering 103 in 177 appearances for Real Madrid.

It’s clear to see why a young Aubameyang struggled to break into the first team 15 years ago, but he’ll use all the tricks and tips salvaged from Ronaldo as he aims to help send Chelsea back to glory.


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