Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo has admitted that Cristiano Ronaldo is a “hero” who still surprises him every day in training.
Despite recently turning 36, Ronaldo is showing no sign of slowing down as he scored a brace to help Juventus make it five wins in a row in all competitions with a 2-1 victory at Inter Milan in their Coppa Italia semifinal first-leg on Tuesday.
The Portugal international also leads the way in the Serie A goalscoring charts with 15 goals this season despite Juventus making a slow start to the campaign, with Pirlo insisting his talisman is still the example to follow.
“I knew about how professional he was before, but seeing how he trains every day still surprises me,” Pirlo told a news conference ahead of Juventus’ Serie A match against AS Roma on Saturday.
“He still has great passion, he has fun and wants to win. It’s the main thing when you get to play football at 36, when you’ve won everything and beat all records.
“If you still have this desire and ambition it means that you are truly a hero.”
Pirlo went on to state that he is fully aware of how open the race remains.
“Ac Milan, Inter, Roma, Napoli, and Atalanta are all equipped for the title fight. This is an unusual championship, but we are among those who can aspire to winning the title,” the Italian added.
“Roma are still there to fight, they are one of the teams who play better football.”
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By FARPost Reporter