Barcelona legend Dani Alves has admitted that he ‘loves’ former Actual Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo and felt he couldn’t beforehand categorical that as a result of bitterness between the golf equipment.
Alves and Ronaldo duelled loads of occasions on opposites sides of El Clasico from 2009, when the latter joined Actual Madrid, till 2016, when the previous departed for Juventus.
The Brazilian not too long ago described the present Manchester United ahead as his hardest opponent, and talking on a podcast with UNAM Pumas teammate Efrio Velarde, Alves opened up on his true emotions about Ronaldo.
“I like Cristiano,” Alves stated. “Now that we’re now not at Barça and Madrid I can converse, as a result of it at all times appeared like I couldn’t.
“Cristiano exemplifies, for all of us who don’t have that a lot high quality, that with arduous work you too can compete in opposition to the perfect. I respect him rather a lot and I had the chance to inform him.
“There got here a time due to the rivalry that I went as much as greet him and he didn’t greet me. There was an argument that by no means got here out, however within the Ballon d’Or dressing room we had a ‘scuffle’, I greeted everybody and he didn’t greet me due to what Barça-Madrid was producing exterior.”
Alves added that he identifies with Ronaldo extra so than former Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi due to their arduous work and dedication to achieve the highest, whereas he believes the Argentine was destined for greatness it doesn’t matter what.
“How can I not respect a man who bought every thing primarily based on work? I determine with him, as a result of every thing I did in my life was primarily based on that,” Alves stated.
“If you happen to made a comparability, as a participant, I’m nearer to Cristiano than to Leo due to the work, not due to the expertise, as a result of Leo is a born expertise, who was born with the expertise to play soccer and to be in one other world that solely he achieves.”