Manchester City and Portugal midfielder Bernardo Silva has claimed that Cristiano Ronaldo’s words from the sidelines inspired the side to win the Euro 2016 final against France – and has revealed what sets him apart from every other player in the world.
Writing for The Players Tribune, the 23-year-old – who missed that tournament through injury – lauded the off-the-field contribution of the Portuguese legend and claimed that his desire to continue winning has been what has kept him at the top of the footballing world for the last decade.
Ronaldo has won the last three Ballons d’Or ahead of long-term rival Lionel Messi, while he scored a breathtaking hat-trick against Spain on Friday night to earn Portugal a draw in their world cup opener with Spain.
Bernardo wrote on his international teammate: “I think what makes him so good is that he wins one or two Ballons d’Or, and he wants more and more. He could stop by now and think okay, I’m 33 years old, I have five Ballons d’Or, and he doesn’t. He doesn’t stop. He keeps going and going.
“It’s just not normal what he and Messi have been doing over the last ten years. Every season they score 40 goals each, sometimes even more.