Cristiano Ronaldo delivered a rousing half-time team talk during Real Madrid’s clash against Atletico Madrid in May’s Champions League final.
"Listen, I wanna say something: we’re 45 minutes away from making history,” he said.
"Tiredness is psychological at times. We have to do another 45 at our best. We can do it because we are good.
"It’s all mental. We’re 45 away from making history. Let’s defend like we have defended in the first half.
"Let’s go! Let’s go!"
Ronaldo's half-time team talk
Ronaldo’s words didn’t quite have the desired effect - Madrid led 1-0 going into half-time but conceded an equaliser in the 79th minute - but they were probably ringing in his teammates ears during extra-time as the tie went to penalties.
Of course, Ronaldo scored the winning penalty in the shootout.
There are different types of leaders
Sergio Ramos is Madrid’s captain but in that situation, Ronaldo felt the need to speak up. And he’s probably glad he did.
It’s impossible to understate the importance of a leader in any team. Some do it vocally, while others, such as Lionel Messi, prefer to lead by example.
The captain of Newell’s Old Boys Under 10s team, Maximiliano Pariente, prefers the traditional method.
Remember the name Maximiliano Pariente
A video of Pariente delivering an inspirational team talk before an important fixture is doing the rounds. Newell’s Old Boys is the Argentinian team that Messi started his career with - and has vowed to return to - and the Barcelona ace will be delighted to see such passion from a player attempting to follow in his footsteps.
You'll notice that Pariente, who captains the team, ends his speech with a similar phrase that Ronaldo use during the Champions League final.
Check out the video below.
"Today we leave as champions,” he says while surrounded by his teammates.
“Today we leave everything on the pitch. I want us to hug each other afterwards, regardless of the result.
"And to say that we gave everything for this shirt. Because it's the greatest shirt in all of Rosario. Let's go, guys. Let's go. In all of Rosario. Let's go, guys. Let's go."
It’s enough to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.
Do you prefer a vocal leader or someone who leads by example? Let us know in the comments section below!
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