Cristiano Ronaldo is in line to win his fourth Ballon d’Or trophy in January after another incredible year.
The Portuguese star helped Real Madrid win the Champions League - by scoring the winning penalty in the shoot-out in the final - and helped Portugal win the European Championships - by inspiring his side from the touchline after getting injured in the final.
But Ronaldo isn’t the only player to get his hands on both the Champions League and European Championships this season. That’s because Pepe has also won both trophies.
While Ronaldo is favourite to win his fourth Ballon d’Or, Pepe has also been named in the list of 30 nominees after his fine campaign.
While being recognised by UEFA is one thing, to earn praise from the great Ronaldo is another thing altogether.
But that’s what happened when Ronaldo was asked to name the one teammate he’d like to go to war with.
"Pepe is the team-mate I would want next to me in a war," he told Coach Magazine.
"Not only is he a fantastic defender, but he leaves nothing on the field. He gives everything.”
It’s very hard to disagree with Ronaldo’s comments about him giving everything. However, we’ve seen some of Pepe’s play-acting so we can’t image he’d survive during a war.
As well as praising a teammate, Ronaldo also took the time to praise an ‘enemy.’
The media like to make out that Lionel Messi and Ronaldo are the biggest enemies going head-to-head to become the greatest footballer in the history of the sport.
However, the Portuguese star has revealed that’s far from the truth. Although he admits they’re not best friends, he insists they have a great mutual respect for one another.
"There is a big mutual respect between myself and Messi," the 31-year-old said.
"The media like to make out like we have this big rivalry, but we don't.
"It is not like we are good friends, but there is a mutual respect on both sides.”
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