“I am no longer at Barça, I can speak, Cristiano Ronaldo is for all of us, the best example”

Cristiano Ronaldo is a player loved by all round leather lovers, even those who played with Lionel Messi. Since the Portuguese is the typical example of a player, who thanks to his hard work came to the top and managed to impose himself on everyone for many years. It is therefore to look into his strength of character that the Brazilian defender Dani Alves opened up to the podcast of Efran Velarde, his teammate at the Pumas, on a subject which seemed taboo during his golden period at FC Barcelona.

“I love Cristiano Ronaldo. Now that we are no longer at Barça and Madrid, it seems to me that I can speak, because it always seemed to me that I could not. Cristiano is, for all of us, the best example of what we can do. Cristiano is the example, for all of us who don’t have so many qualities, that by working hard, you can also compete with the best. I respect him a lot and I had the opportunity to tell him that,” he said.

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He then told one of the anecdotes that perfectly sums up the situation in the locker room during the period of maximum rivalry between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona: “There was a moment, because of the rivalry, when I was going to greet him and he did not greet me. There was a controversy that never came out, but in the Ballon d’Or dressing room we had a ‘rifirrafe’, I greeted everyone and he didn’t greet me because of what the Barça-Madrid rivalry generated on the outside,” he explained.

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But he does not end up commenting on the comparison between the Portuguese and the Argentinian “How not to respect a man who has obtained everything thanks to hard work, by putting all his heart and all his soul into it? I identify with him, because everything I’ve done in my life has been based on that. If you had to make a comparison, as a player I’m closer to Cristiano Ronaldo than Lionel Messi because of work, not because of talent, because Leo is a born talent, he was born with the talent to play to football and to be in another world that only he can reach,” he concluded.