Pochettino full of praise for “phenomenon” Ronaldo

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In an article on FourFourTwo Mauricio Pochettino has said Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is a “phenomenon” and an “example” to anyone due to his immense levels of professionalism.

The Portuguese of course will go up against us on Wednesday at Wembley, with Real Madrid look to improve upon their 1-1 draw last time out at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Almost inevitably it was Ronaldo who scored Madrid’s goal when the two sides last met, and he will be eager to showcase his incredible talents as he returns to England, where he excelled for Manchester United between 2003 and 2009.

Ronaldo has won almost everything there is to win in football certainly on an individual level and Pochettino has said that it’s his talent and professionalism that make him worthy of such an award.

“He’s a phenomenon,” the article quotes Pochettino telling Spanish paper Marca. “He has been awarded ‘The Best’ and the truth is that he deserves it.

Pochettino continued: “In addition to his qualities as a professional, he is an example. He never tires of repeating that the secret is to work hard, to strive, to take care of himself. Every player should apply it.”

According to the article Pochettino compared Harry Kane to Ronaldo in terms of his attitude: “I do not know Cristiano in depth, but he gives me the same feeling as Harry.
“They are very similar in terms of professionalism. They understand that we must strive to achieve success. He [Kane] has a similar mentality.”

Ronaldo can be the marmite footballer, love him or hate him though he’s an incredible talent and someone Kane can strive to be

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