Inside Cristiano Ronaldo’s winning mentality, insights from Juventus legend Giorgio Chiellini

Italian football veteran Giorgio Chiellini reflected on his three-year partnership with Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus from 2018 to 2021.

Chiellini Full Of Praises For Cristiano Ronaldo
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The experienced Italian defender collaborated with CR7 for a span of three years in Turin from 2018 to 2021. During this period, the renowned Portuguese player scored 101 goals and secured five trophies, including two Serie A titles.

When prompted to describe what it’s like to collaborate with Ronaldo, Chiellini conveyed to FIFA’s official website: “Cristiano was a very demanding guy, who always wanted to win, and he managed to convey that to everyone. He wanted to score, break all the records and always win, which he continues to do even now. That’s Cristiano and he’s exactly as you see him. You can get to know people without experiencing them, but there were so many little things [with him] – like his dedication to small things everyday – that made it a privilege for me to have played with him for three years.”

Throughout his illustrious playing career, Chiellini encountered numerous legendary players both as teammates and opponents. When pressed to weigh in on the perennial debate between Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the title of greatest of all time (GOAT), he remarked: “Among the exceptional individuals I’ve played with, Gianluigi Buffon and Ronaldo undoubtedly stand out. Buffon reigns supreme as the finest goalkeeper in football history, while Cristiano ranks among the top echelons, depending on one’s perspective – be it within the top two, three, four, or five in the annals of the sport. He unquestionably resides in football’s pantheon of greatness.

“The toughest ones I’ve faced are Messi and Ronaldo himself. A lot of people here ask me, ‘Who is better: Messi or Ronaldo?’, a bit like you might with LeBron James and Michael Jordan. I don’t see it as a competition, both are at the top. Obviously, out of affection, I’m closer to Cristiano, having played with him, but they’re both so strong that there can’t be a one and two.”

Chiellini encountered the Argentine sensation Messi in the MLS last season, witnessing the eight-time Ballon d’Or winner joining Inter Miami. However, the 39-year-old central defender chose to retire at the conclusion of the 2023 season, thereby relieving himself from the challenge of containing such superstar forwards.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro

Forwarder, Midfielder

PortugalPortugal

Age: 39

188 cm

83 kg

Season 2023/2024
Played 25 3 Missed
Minutes 2136 85.4 Avg
Goals 28 1.1 Avg
Assist 10 0.4 Avg
Attempt 31 1.2 Avg
Passes 724 29.081.0% AvgSucc
Yellow 1 0.0 Avg
Red 0 0.0 Avg

This season he played in total 23 times for 2066 minutes for Pro League.

Cristiano Ronaldo  scored 25 goals for Al Nassr. He procured 9 assists. He received 1 yellow card and no red cards.

His team is currently 2nd in Pro League. In the last match Al Nassr won 5-1 against Al Tai. The next match in Pro League will be against Abha.

Al Nassr performance and stats

Al Nassr

Manager: Luís Ribeiro de Castro
Rank 2nd
Win 22
Draw 2
Loss 4
Goals 83-35
Diff 48

Al Nassr is currently 2nd in the Pro League with 59 points.

In the last 25 games, it has won 19 times, drawn twice, and lost 4 times. In its last match, Al Nassr won 5-1 against Al Tai.​​

It has a positive goal difference after scoring 71 goals and conceding 34.​

Al Nassr will play the next match in Pro League against Abha on Tuesday 2nd of April in Mahalah. The prediction is Al Nassr winning the match.​

Giorgio Chiellini

Giorgio Chiellini

Defender

ItalyItaly

Age: 40

187 cm

85 kg

This season he played in total 25 times for 1745 minutes for Major League Soccer.

Giorgio Chiellini scored 1 goal for Los Angeles FC. He procured no assists. He received 4 yellow cards and no red cards.

His team is currently 3rd in Major League Soccer. In the last match Los Angeles FC lost 3-2 against Colorado Rapids.

Los Angeles FC performance and stats

Los Angeles FC

Manager: Steven Cherundolo
Rank 8th
Win 3
Draw 3
Loss 3
Goals 15-14
Diff 1

Los Angeles FC is currently 10th in the Major League Soccer with 7 points.

In the last 6 games, it has won twice, drawn once, and lost 3 times. In its last match, Los Angeles FC lost 3-2 against Colorado Rapids.​​

It has a even goal difference after scoring 9 goals and conceding 9.​