Jose Mourinho has labelled Cristiano Ronaldo a "goal machine" as the Real Madrid forward prepares to face Liverpool in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Mourinho benefitted from Ronaldo's qualities whilst managing Real Madrid between 2010 and 2013. The 29-year-old scored an incredible 168 goals in 164 appearances under Mourinho, helping them to win La Liga in the 2011/12 season.
Unsurprisingly, Mourinho is rather fond of his compatriot and will no doubt be watching closely as Ronaldo travels to England to take on the arch rivals of his former club, Manchester United.
Mourinho was asked to comment on Ronaldo and he took the chance to heap some praise the two-time Ballon d'Or winner.
“He’s a goal machine," said the Chelsea boss, as quoted in the Daily Star.
“The numbers are very easy to analyse."
The numbers do indeed speak for themselves when it comes to Ronaldo. Usually you have to delve deeper into the analytics to discover a player's worth, but, for the £80 million man, it is clear to see why he is considered the best player in the world.
Ronaldo has scored 271 goals in just 258 appearances, justifying the world record fee Florentino Perez agreed to pay Manchester United for him in 2009. Without the constant challenge from Barcelona's Leo Messi, Ronaldo would have won the Ballon d'Or three years in a row.
There will be added incentive for Brendan Rodgers to thwart the threat of Ronaldo when he travels with Real Madrid to play in the much anticipated Champions League tie. Ronaldo's affinity towards Manchester United means Ronaldo naturally holds the status of a pantomime villain on the Anfield terraces.
Not only that, but due to Liverpool's disappointing defeat to FC Basel, a win would boost their chances of qualification significantly. However, according to Mourinho, it appears Ronaldo may be virtually unstoppable.
By the close of play on Wednesday, Liverpool fans may well be hoping that Manchester United had managed to sign their former hero in the summer.