Massimiliano Allegri: Cristiano Ronaldo has a stronger mentality than anyone else


Cristiano Ronaldo's first season at Juventus will deservedly go down as a success. 

The Bianconeri's record signing didn't quite hit the heights he'd become accustomed to at Real Madrid, but nevertheless contributed a very respectable 27 goals in all competitions. 

Those figures helped the Old Lady to a remarkable eighth successive Scudetto, making the Portuguese the first player to win the title in the top three European leagues.

The only real disappointment for the 34-year-old was his new club's failure to win the Champions League. 

Ronaldo almost single-handedly hauled them over the line against Atletico Madrid, but a youthful Ajax side proved a challenge too far in the quarter-finals. 

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Despite his achievements in Turin so far, it's sure to bother the five-time Ballon d'Or winner that for the first time since 2015, the continent's ultimate prize has eluded him.

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has been discussing the forward's immense hunger for the game, something which doesn't seem to have changed one bit since he left La Liga. 

"In terms of mentality, he is stronger than anyone else. Every day he finds personal objectives to hit and he can find them within himself," Allegri said via AS.


"A player who has won everything he has at the age of 34 will find it difficult to feel hungry, but he is deadly in that sense.

"He has this determination that is incredible. We should all learn from Ronaldo, and I too have learned, because it's not everyone who gets to work with the best player in the world.

"For example, on Saturday morning we have a game between ranks in training. He has fun, but his fun is winning the game...but I told him not everyone is like that and for some there's fun in a back-heel flick, a cheeky move, etc. And then later you bring that into the match situation."

It's difficult to think of a player so obsessive, so fixated with success. This is a man who had to deny doing 3000 sit-ups a day, after all. 

However, Allegri recalls seeing similar traits when he trained with Zlatan Ibrahimovic at AC Milan. 

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"I had Ibra at Milan, who every day would get angry about a misplaced pass and I told him that if everyone was as talented as him, there would be no problems.

"I told him he was the one who had to put himself at the disposal of the others, just as the best and most talented must always do with his peers.

"It's difficult for the others to climb up to that level, so you must have the humility to not make it difficult for whoever is below you.

"That's true of life and not just in football, so in that sense Ronaldo is very good."

Does Ronaldo have the best mentality in world football? Have your say in the comments. 

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