Cristiano Ronaldo was 'very kind and very caring' towards Barcelona superstar Neymar at the Ballon d'Or ceremony.
This has been revealed by Kate Abdo, who was presenting the awards gala back in January. She has told how the Real Madrid star helped his Barcelona rival during the ceremony in Switzerland.
In fact, Abdo has insisted that Ronaldo showed the Brazilian about and made sure everything was translated for him.
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Ronaldo and Neymar, of course, are currently plying their trades at rival clubs Real Madrid and Barcelona, but it appears that there is a mutual respect between two of the games most iconic stars.
Ultimately, both players lost out in their attempts to be crowned the best player in the world - Lionel Messi won that prestigious award once again - but there's no reason why they won't return to the podium next year.
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The two players are set to go head-to-head in El Clasico on April 2, but it appears that they aren't rivals away from the field of play.
Caring for Neymar
In an interview with Football Beyond Borders, as per Goal.com, Abdo stated: “At the Ballon d’Or which I did in January, we do a little rehearsal with the players before they are going to go on stage for real.
“He [Ronaldo] came out with Neymar, who is Brazilian and Ronaldo is Portuguese, so they both speak Portuguese, and although Messi and Neymar are team-mates, it was Ronaldo who took him around, showed him where he had to go, made sure everything was translated for him.
“He was just very kind and very caring towards Neymar, the way he looked out for him and made sure he knew what he was doing. And that’s a side [of Ronaldo] maybe you don’t expect.”
It's refreshing to see Abdo's comments on Ronaldo; the Portuguese star has long been recognised as an individual, but, perhaps, there's more to him than just that.
In truth, Ronaldo's dedication and focus should be admired. While the likes of Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez hold a great friendship, Ronaldo remains focused on becoming the best player he can possibly be. There's nothing wrong with that.
Ronaldo most definitely still has a great deal to give. He may well be 31-years-old, but it would be foolish to disregard him as an ageing force at this stage.
His goal record is still superb - 27 goals in 29 La Liga games isn't bad going for a player who has been criticised at times this season - and there's no reason why he won't continue to break records over the coming years.
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