The man who discovered Ronaldo recalls what he said about Juve star

first_img Promoted Content12 Flicks That Almost Ended Their Stars’ CareersBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid ArmageddonThe Runner Who Makes Elaborate Artwork With His Feet And A Map Loading… Cristiano Ronaldo can boast many achievements throughout what has been exceptional career, however things could have been very different had he not crossed paths with Laszlo Boloni, the current Royal Antwerp coach, who guided Sporting CP to the league title during the 2001/02 season.Advertisementcenter_img The next year, a young Ronaldo, wearing the No.28, was handed his first-team debut by Boloni.Ronaldo, at the age of 17, made his bow when he replaced Tonito in the 58th minute during a 0-0 draw with Inter in the Champions League qualifiers, and didn’t crumble under the pressure despite a place in the next phase being at stake.Boloni wasn’t put off by the fact that this young player had only played two games with the B team squad.“I went to see the youth team and asked that he come along with the first team because he was in good physical condition, was really quick and had great technical ability,” he explained to MARCA.“None of this was a surprise.“When I saw him in action, I decided that he wasn’t going to go back to playing with the youth team.”“He played and behaved like someone way beyond his years.“In the dressing room he was a bit of a joker, but on the pitch he was exceptional.“To have the level of maturity that he did isn’t common for someone of 16 to 17 years of age.“I didn’t know that he was going to be one of the best ever, but I did know that, if he avoided injuries, he would be a very good player.”“At that time I was asked about him in an interview and I said that he would surpass [Luis] Figo and even Eusebio.“Comparing a young player to those two, who are considered Gods in Portugal, caused me some problems.“Ronaldo, though, has proven that I was right all along.”Boloni didn’t just give Ronaldo his debut; he changed his style of play.“In the youth team he played as a No.9, but I decided to play him as a right winger because he was young and only weighed 60kg, so it was going to be difficult for him to hold up the ball when up against 100kg centre-backs,” the coach said.“On the flank, with the speed and dribbling ability he had, he would be far more effective.”This transformation, however, wasn’t easy.“I’m happy that I made the decision that I did, but at the start it wasn’t easy,” said Boloni.“For him, the thing he wanted to do most was dribble.“My job was to tell him that dribbling past one or two players is important, but five is too many.“I tried to explain to him until what point dribbles like that were useful.“As he was intelligent, he started to go down the right path.”When asked about his position on the Lionel Messi vs Ronaldo debate, Botoni is open about the fact that he is quite biased.“Who is better? I can’t be impartial, Ronaldo will always be my boy,” he said.“He started out with me at Sporting CP.”“In any case, we have all been lucky enough to have enjoyed watching these two legends battle it out for 10 to 15 years.”Before the suspension of all football due to coronavirus, Ronaldo made his 1,000th career appearance, fittingly against Inter.The Old Lady won the Derby d’Italia 2-0, but Ronaldo didn’t get on the scoresheet, putting an end to his best run of form since leaving Real Madrid.At the age of 35, he had scored in 11 consecutive Serie A matches.“No one can say how long he will continue for,” Boloni said.Read Also:Brazil legend Ronaldinho recounts life experience in prison“He’s really strong, he always wants more.“He’s really hard-working, physically blessed and technically complete.”“If he avoids injury, I think he can continue for many years to come.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Jimmy Butler injury update: 76ers star’s groin strain ‘nothing significant,’ doubtful to play vs. Nets

first_img“In regards to what are we guessing or what are we thinking going forward, we really can’t make that prediction,” Brown said, via the Philadelphia Inquirer. “What we can say is that the MRI revealed, as I said, nothing significant.”Butler suffered the injury Monday in the first half of the 76ers’ matchup with the Pistons. He missed all three of his shots and grabbed four rebounds in 10 minutes of action before leaving the game. Related News Jimmy Butler underwent an MRI on Tuesday that revealed no structural damage to his injured groin, according to ESPN. But, he is still listed as “doubtful” to play in the 76ers’ next game Wednesday against the Nets.Philadelphia coach Brett Brown told reporters the “MRI came back favorable.” Jimmy Butler responds to 76ers star Joel Embiid’s comments about being frustrated with role Philadelphia acquired the 29-year-old forward from the Timberwolves in mid-November in exchange for a package centered around Robert Covington and Dario Saric. He has averaged 19.8 points and 5.2 rebounds in 13 games with the 76ers so far. Butler has also shot 48.7 percent from the field and 41.9 percent from 3-point range during his time in Philadelphia.The 76ers will enter their matchup with the Nets on Wednesday having won six of their last seven games.last_img read more