Cristiano Ronaldo ‘didn’t have much influence at Real Madrid’ but transformed into new player at Juventus, says Khedira

SAMI KHEDIRA has revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t have ‘much influence’ in the Real Madrid dressing room.

Ronaldo won every trophy available to him in Spain during his time at Real.

Khedira and Ronaldo at Juventus


Khedira and Ronaldo at JuventusCredit: GETTY
Khedira and Ronaldo were also team-mates at Real


Khedira and Ronaldo were also team-mates at RealCredit: AP

The 37-year-old won two LaLiga titles, four Champions Leagues and four Ballon d’Ors.

But when Ronaldo made the move to Juventus in 2018 he became more of a ‘natural leader.’

Khedira, who played alongside Ronaldo at both Real and Juve, told Diario AS: “I knew two Cristianos, the first at Real Madrid, a little younger and maybe a little more insecure and selfish.

“Not in a bad way, but he had to find his personality. He scored many, many goals and he was fantastic, but he didn’t have so much influence on the team.

“Then my second experience with Cristiano, in Juventus, he arrived to the team and he has that same selfishness that is selfishness to score, but was more of a natural, more of a natural leader.

“Always, he pushed us and I knew that he needed the help of his teammates to win trophies.

“I don’t want to interpret, he was always part of the team at Madrid, but at Juventus, it was a little more mature.

“He was always focused on the pitch, but a little more relaxed after having kids.

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“He is so competitive. In training Cristiano always wants to win or if he was on your team, you always want Cristiano to win.”

Ronaldo has since left Juve to return to Manchester United, where he first became one of the world’s best players.

But things haven’t quite gone to plan, with United sitting fifth in the Premier League and rumours of rifts in the dressing room circulating.

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