JUVENTUS captain Giorgio Chiellini claims he learned the secret of Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo on the pitch.
Chiellini and Ronaldo spent three years together at Juve until he returned to United last summer and insists he is the type of player who will guarantee you a goal if a team backs him up. that.
The defender hailed the five-time Ballon d’Or winner and even described him, as well as Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi, as “alien”.
Chiellini told The Times: “Cristiano and Messi are aliens. Not from the herd.
“I was fortunate enough to play with Cristiano at Juventus for three years and seeing him day by day, you will understand some of his secrets.
“He works every day to achieve his goals – and always finds new ones. In the big moments, when you need him, he’s there.
“In the end, he is just a single player. If Cristiano is on a team that supports him and plays better than the rest, you can be sure that he will get the goal. ”
Chiellini also shared how impressed he was when he watched United star Paul Pogba train with Juventus for the first time in 2012 after he left Old Trafford.
The Italy international spent four years playing with Pogba in Turin and described him as the “LeBron James of football”.
The 37-year-old is “sad” with the midfielder’s efforts in his second stint with the Red Devils but insists he’s out of luck with injury.
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Chiellini added: “Pogba is the LeBron James of football. Really, when I see him grow up, it’s amazing.
“When I saw him in the first week of training, I said, ‘What? He’s not real! ‘ He’s from Manchester United, so I expect to meet a good player but I also think if he doesn’t play for United he can’t be a top player.
“But he was. He’s different from the others and I’m sad about that [since rejoining United] he doesn’t fully express what he is.
“He’s been great in many games but unfortunately, with injuries and other reasons. He hasn’t been able to consistently show all his skills.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/4885068/chiellini-cristiano-ronaldo-manchester-united-paul-pogba/ Chiellini claims he knows ‘alien’ secret Cristiano Ronaldo and reveals how Man Utd star Pogba stunned him in training session