Jose Mourinho have been lavishing praise on Cristiano Ronaldo and the Chelsea manager believes that there will never be another player like the Real Madrid superstar.
Speaking to French broadcast Telefoot, Mourinho likened Ronaldo to Les Blues legend Zinedine Zidane, in that he believes the Portugal captain to be a unique talent now and in the future,
"Ronaldo's an incredible player. It's like Zidane for you [the French], there will be no other. He is incredible, he’s a goalscoring machine," said the Stamford Bridge boss.
Mourinho was speaking ahead of the friendly clash between France and Portugal at Stade de France on Saturday evening, which saw Didier Deschamps' side prevail 2-1 thanks to goals from Paul Pogba and Ronaldo's Real Madrid teammate, Karim Benzema.
However, the biggest story of the night was not the Portuguese suffering a loss in the first match under new manager Fernando Santos, or that the Euro 2016 hosts are looking better with each match, but that the main man was forced to be removed through injury.
Pictures of Ronaldo sat on the Portugal bench with an ice pack on his troublesome left knee were circulating on social media pretty quickly and Santiago Bernabeu boss Carlo Ancelotti will be expecting questions about it in his next press conference.
It could well be a precaution ahead of the crucial Euro 2016 qualifier with Denmark, which Portugal cannot really afford to lose. Santos was appointed manager after the departure of Paulo Bento last month following a humiliating 1-0 defeat at home to Albania in their previous qualifier.
Ronaldo missed that match and the Portuguese team seem to lack confidence when their talisman and captain is absent, which is why the injury will be something of a worry.
He has an ongoing tendonitis issue in his left knee, which visibly hampered him during his national team's dismal performance at the World Cup. Ronaldo was clearly not fit and he was unable to inspire his side as they crashed out at the group stages.
Meanwhile, Mourinho's praise for the man he managed for three seasons at Real Madrid come not too long after he revealed he has no personal relationship with his compatriot, despite some of Ronaldo's best form coming under the guidance of the Chelsea boss.
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