Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has heaped praise on Cristiano Ronaldo - stating that football needed more players like the Portuguese superstar.
Ronaldo went ahead of arch-rival Lionel Messi and Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery to claim the 2013 Fifa Ballon d'Or award in Zurich on Monday, and Ancelotti believes the commanding attacker thoroughly deserves the recognition for his fine performances and professional attitude over-time.
"I was not surprised by Cristiano Ronaldo's quality and his goals, but his professionalism on and off the pitch did surprise me. He is an example to follow for younger players," the Madrid coach stated at a press conference.
"Football needs players like Ronaldo. He's all about fair play and is always serious. He gives football in general a good image, just like players such as Lionel Messi, Franck Ribery, Thiago Silva and Andrea Pirlo.
"Ronaldo is both talent and hard work. In modern football, you cannot rely on talent. Talent is genetic, but you also have to work hard. We are all happy for him that he won the Ballon d'Or. He deserves it."
The Italian manager also went on to stress that he is confident that Ronaldo can do even better in 2014 - after netting an impressive 69 goals in all competitions last year.
"The Ballon d'Or was a great motivation for him in 2013 and this will not be any different this year.
"People always want more after you win the Ballon d'Or, but it will not be easy to score more than 69 goals. Ronaldo has the courage to go for it, though."
Perhaps, this might not be the case as Ronaldo has scored only two goals in three appearances so far in 2014, tough it's safe to assume this tally will increase in time.
Madrid currently sit 3rd in the La Liga table behind rivals Atletico Madrid and Barcelona and many will look to Ronaldo to give them the boost they need to remain in the title challenge.
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