Cristiano Ronaldo came in for some unexpected criticism during the international break.
Having reacted angrily to being substituted against AC Milan after just 55 minutes, the Juventus star was slammed by legendary manager Fabio Capello on Sky Sports Italia.
“I didn’t like this, it wasn’t nice,” the former England boss remarked. “He must be a champion even when he comes off the pitch.
“The truth is that Cristiano Ronaldo hasn’t dribbled [past] an opponent for three years. I did the La Liga commentary when he usually took the double step and left you there.
“Inside him is a super-champion, the best of all, but now there is Dybala and Douglas Costa, who made two sensational goals. Dybala in excellent condition can make the difference, as can Costa.
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Capello slams Ronaldo
“They win games without Ronaldo. Juve seemed dependent on him, instead the great squad and the quality of the players helps them win anyway."
And while there are numerous criticisms within those quotes, Capello's comment about Ronaldo apparently failing to dribble past anybody recently hogged most of the headlines.
There can be no doubting that Ronaldo doesn't use skills and dribbling as much as he used to, but has the 34-year-old's ability in that department really declined as much as Capello says?
Video proves Capello wrong
Absolutely not and a brilliant compilation from YouTuber 'Legasus' - aptly titled: ''Cristiano Ronaldo has not dribbled past anyone for three years' is a LIE' - serves as an emphatic rebuttal.
The literal sense of the claim is proven false within the opening five seconds, while the following seven minutes dig a deeper and deeper grave for Capello's comment.
But don't take our word for it, watch the full video down below to see that Ronaldo is still one of the world's best dribblers and more than capable of leaving defenders in his dust.
Fancy revising your comments, Fabio?
GIVEMESPORT's Kobe Tong says
I understand the point that Capello was trying to make, but he's gone completely overboard and is starting to feel the consequences.
Ronaldo has adapted his game with age and has resembled more of a poacher in recent seasons, despite playing further out wide at Juventus than he did latterly at Real Madrid.
As a result, it's only natural that there haven't been so many examples of Ronaldo bombing the down the wing and bamboozling defenders with skill. But that's not to say they've completely gone.
The only way in which Ronaldo's take-ons have declined are by comparing them to his own, former high standards and that shouldn't take away from the fact he's still one of the best dribblers in the world.News Now - Sport News