Ronaldo was a little FAT when I was his understudy… but he still taught me how to score goals, says Chelsea star Aubameyang

PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG will use tricks and tips he picked up from the original Ronaldo as he tries to revive Chelsea’s Champions League campaign against old club AC Milan.

The Blues are without a win in their two group games so far this season and are bottom of Group E.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened his Chelsea account against Crystal Palace

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened his Chelsea account against Crystal PalaceCredit: Alamy
Ronaldo played for Milan in the last phase of his career

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Ronaldo played for Milan in the last phase of his careerPhoto credit: AFP

Aubameyang, who started his professional career with Milan, opened his Chelsea account with a superb equalizer against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The Gabonese never played in the first team for Milan but trained with Brazilian Ronaldo on a daily basis.

Ronaldo may have kept a young Aubameyang off the side, but – despite being “a bit fat” at the time – he taught him a lot.

Aubameyang said: “The team was really strong, to tell the truth.

“Ronaldo, Paolo Maldini, Alessandro Nesta… I was very young then.

“I was just trying to improve and watch him to learn as much as possible. To tell the truth, he was already a bit fat back then! But he was still the best.

“I will always remember when Carlo Ancelotti approached him about his fitness and said, ‘What should I do, run or score?’

“Ancelotti said ‘score goals’ and next time Ronaldo scored two goals!

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“It’s part of the character and as a striker you need it because you have to be mentally strong.”

It’s that hunger to score that has propelled Aubameyang into becoming one of the best strikers in Europe, something Chelsea and new boss Graham Potter desperately needed.

Chelsea have long struggled to secure a No.9 shot, with former boss Thomas Tuchel even referencing the curse on the shirt during his tenure at Stamford Bridge.

Whilst Potter forever needed a clinical striker to bury the countless missed opportunities during his time as Brighton boss.

To tell the truth, he was already a bit fat back then! But he was still the best.

Aubameyang on Ronaldo

Aubameyang started at Arsenal last season before joining Barcelona in January.

But he had not scored in the Premier League for almost a year before his 38th-minute strike canceled out Odsonne Edouard’s seventh-minute opener for Palace on Saturday.

Potter said, “It certainly comes in handy. Goals can help you, that’s for sure, and we needed a goal. He also worked hard for us.”

Aubameyang, 33, said: “It’s a long time [since my last Premier League goal].

“But I’m very happy to return to the Premier League with a goal today.

“As a striker, you want to score the first goal as soon as possible and I managed to do it, so I’m very happy.”

The former Gunners forward has been pushing hard for his match fitness.

He was even forced to wear a mask for his first two Chelsea games after he and his wife were brutally attacked by thugs at their home in Barcelona shortly before returning to London.

He got off to a quiet start at Selhurst Park before coming alive to score a first Chelsea goal home.

‘I AM VERY HAPPY’

Thiago Silva had turned Reece James’ long ball his way and Aubameyang rolled Palace defender Joel Ward before blasting his first finish past a helpless Vincente Guaita.

Potter added: “He’s had a difficult summer for a variety of reasons.

“He had quite a traumatic experience which can affect you I think and the way he’s handled himself has been A1 I’d say.

“So I’m really happy that he scores a goal and contributes to a win.”

It was a victory typically sealed by former palace man Conor Gallagher.

The England midfielder snatched all three points with a fine shot from the edge of the box in the 90th minute.

Gallagher, 22, has had a rough start to the season under Tuchel but is hoping to bounce back under Potter.

Team-mate Ruben Loftus-Cheek, another who struggled for minutes with Chelsea after impressing on loan at Palace, praised midfielder Gallagher for his influence.

Loftus-Cheek said: “Look at the number of quality players here. If you don’t start, you must be willing to come and make a difference.

“That’s how it is with us and with every club. For any player looking to start, it is paramount that you perform well and he did.

“I’m very happy for him. Coming on and scoring a goal against your old team is good. I love the fans here, they welcomed me really well and can’t say anything better about them.”

Conor Gallagher bagged Chelsea's late winner

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Conor Gallagher bagged Chelsea’s late winnerPhoto credit: Reuters

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