Matthijs de Ligt has heaped praise on Juventus teammate Cristiano Ronaldo, hailing the Portuguese superstar as the best of his generation and opining that the 5-time Ballon d’Or winner is a huge role-model for young footballers.
“Ronaldo is the best of his generation and a huge example for young players,” the Dutchman told Tuttosport [via Goal].
Ronaldo is considered to be not just one of the greatest footballers but also one of the hardest working, with former Manchester United star well-known for his determination and the will to keep improving and pushing himself to the limit.
De Ligt’s words about his teammate’s hard work strikes a chord with those anecdotes we have already been told by many, as the Netherlands international said, “I always try to improve the way I play by watching him because even in training he has a crazy intensity and you wonder if he really is 35 years old.”
The young defender also revealed he was impressed by Dybala and Bentancur, and observed the latter is underestimated as he said, “We really have a good team, a lot of good guys. The most fun are the South Americans. Beside Ronaldo, I was impressed by Paulo Dybala and Rodrigo Bentancur: both players with an amazing technique. Rodrigo in particular is underestimated, he will have a great future ahead of him.”
Rumours have circulated that De Ligt could be on the move this summer, with Barcelona, who lost to Old Lady in the race to sign him last summer, said to be keen. However, the defender confirmed he is happy in Turin as he concluded, “They invented many things about me: the truth is that I’m really happy in Turin and to be able to train every day with extraordinary players. I have the feeling of improving day by day. So, yes, I’m very happy.”