With Cristiano Ronaldo edging ever closer to leaving Real Madrid for Juventus, the excitement in Turin, and indeed Italy at large, is understandable.
We are talking about the best goalpoacher of his generation; an iconic sportsman; probably the greatest athlete of this era. Who would not be thrilled?
Ceteris Paribus, Ronaldo is teaming up with a clubside he has turned into failure on many occasions; a side he has several times made bow to his gift for shaping the biggest matches in his own image.
Top Media Nigeria run you down memorable quotes from erstwhile and current Bianconeri players on CR7‘s distinctiveness.
‘He’s the best player in history’! – Chiellini
In April, Ronaldo scored two goals to ruin Juventus Champions League dreams – the second, a spectacular overhead kick. And highly-experienced Juve defender, Giorgio Chiellini has this to say:
“What he’s done tonight will be talked about for decades and decades. I’ve never heard the fans of Turin applaud an opposing teams player until tonight. For me he’s the best player in history!”
‘He’s the best player I’ve ever faced’ – Bonucci
Leonardo Bonucci had just signed for AC Milan in 2017, after 7 years with Juve. In fulfilling his media obligations following his transfer, the Italy centre-half was quizzed on a number of topics ranging from his personal achievements to those of his peers.
When asked who he thought was his toughest ever opponent, he tells reporters, (via Football Italia ): “Cristiano Ronaldo. He’s the best player I’ve ever faced. He has all the characteristics of a champion”.
‘He’s the best player I’ve had at my side’ – Higuain
Some few years back, Juventus Argentine striker, Gonzalo Higuain (then of Real Madrid), says of teammate Cristiano Ronaldo:
“He’s the best player I’ve had at my side and also he trains very well and is a hard worker.”
‘Ronaldo is comparable to Maradona and Pele ” – Buffon
After becoming a nemesis for him numerous times, Juventus legend, Gianluigi Buffon feels Ronaldo should be discussed in the same bracket as footballing greats, Maradona and Pele.
“Ronaldo is a player who is at an incredible level,” he says.
“Ronaldo’s worth is comparable to [Diego] Maradona, [Lionel] Messi or Pele.”
Meanwhile, Juventus president, Andrea Agnelli, is currently in Greece meeting Cristiano Ronaldo.
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