Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best players of the generation and arguably the best which Portugal has ever produced. The Portuguese recently came into the limelight after his uncordial exit from Manchester United and completed a against-the-odds move to the Saudi club Al-Nassr.
The Portuguese all-time leading goal scorer has won numerous awards in his long career which includes 5 Ballon d’Or awards, the second-highest number achieved by any player. The sporting icon has shared a dressing room with some of the great players over his career. Recently one of his former teammates Gareth Bale had something to say about CR7’s mentality.
Gareth Bale praises “nice guy” Cristiano Ronaldo for “good mentality”
Over time, several players have talked positively about Cristiano Ronaldo’s mentality. The latest one to do so was his former Los Blancos teammate Gareth Bale. The Welsh superstar recently announced his retirement from the game of football after crashing out from the World Cup. Gareth Bale played with CR7 during his Real Madrid days where the duo won 4 Champions League titles together.
Before his retirement, the 33-year-old Welsh winger had a stint with Los Angeles FC where he played 14 matches and scored 3 times. Talking about his former teammate, Bale said “He was actually okay. He had his moments where for example, if we win five nil and he didn’t score, he comes in and throws his boots like he was angry.” The Welsh superstar also added, “He was a nice guy, we didn’t have any problems, and he has a good mentality.”
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Ronaldo once reacted angrily after a teammate scored
Despite having more than 800 professional goals in his career, Ronaldo has always been hungry for more. There have been several instances of the Portuguese showing his frustrations after a missed chance of scoring a goal. In 2015, a similar incident gathered attention when Cristiano Ronaldo showed his discontent when Alvaro Arbeloa scored a goal which annoyed the Portuguese who was waiting to tap the ball into an empty net.
The former Real Madrid number 7 was eyeing to be the top scorer in the La-Liga over his counterpart Lionel Messi. Talking about the incident, Arbeloa said “I’m not upset about Cristiano’s gesture, normally, he should be angry, he didn’t score and his ambition is always to score. The Pichichi trophy is at stake for him and we all understand that and try to help him.”
The Portuguese superstar has always had a sniff for goals and there is no possible way to score the number of goals which he has scored without having the hunger to succeed. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has won a lot of titles in his career with esteemed clubs like Real Madrid, Manchester United and Juventus. Fans across the world now eagerly anticipate his new chapter in Al-Nassr colours.