José Mourinho appealed to Cristiano Ronaldo before he returns to Serie A next season … to leave him in peace!
The Special One joined talkSPORT Breakfast on Friday morning ahead of Euro 2020 and spoke about his compatriot Portuguese and one of the greatest players of all time.
He coached Ronaldo for Real Madrid between 2010 and 2013, winning La Liga, Copa del Rey and the Spanish Super Cup together.
The pair will be on opposing sides in the Italian league next season with Mourinho taking over at Rome and Ronaldo still playing – and scoring – at Juventus.
Asked about Ronaldo on talkSPORT, Mourinho joked: “He should leave Italy now and leave me in peace!
Ronaldo is 36 but still produces outrageous and consistent numbers at Juventus.
In just three seasons, he has already crossed the 100-goal mark for the club.
Mourinho said: “Everyone says, and I say the same thing, he’s not 25 anymore. He is 36 years old. He doesn’t score 50 goals, but how many has he scored? 35.
“The record is incredible, the numbers speak for themselves.”
The Portuguese superstar is five times Ballon d’Or, has won dozens of trophies and broken many records.
But his appetite for more continues. When asked what drives him, Mourinho said: “I think of records. He’s a legend, one of the big names who stays in football history forever, but the guy is motivating himself with numbers and new things.
“He wants to win the Golden Ball X times, the Golden Shoe X times, he wants to get Iran’s (player) record of goals for an international team, he wants not only to play this Euro but the Cup. world. “
The Ronaldo vs Messi debate has been raging for over a decade now, and we’ll never be close to a definitive answer.
Asked if Ronaldo would get mad when people say Messi is better, Mourinho replied: “I don’t think so.
“I think the critics motivate him. I think he thinks “if people criticize me it’s because of who I am, I did what I did.”
“He always gets that extra motivation. As an opponent, you have to be quiet and not say a bad word about him because that will always be a motivation for him.
“Mentally, he’s very strong. “
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