Cristiano Ronaldo says you would be an “imbecile” not to learn off the likes of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes at Manchester United.
The Portugal international has won five Ballon d’Or titles and five Champions League titles, among an assortment of personal and team accolades.
In his final three seasons at United, Ronaldo’s goalscoring tally increased dramatically as he added more goals to his game and he has now gone on to bag 700 top-level goals.
When asked how he became a prolific forward in his time at United, Ronaldo told France Football: “By using my brain. If you’ve got a little intelligence, you look and take example from those who are doing things better than you.
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“That’s what I did when I was in Manchester with Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Rio Ferdinand… if you don’t learn from guys like that, you’re an imbecile.
“The goal isn’t to imitate but to take aspects from those who are the best and adapt it to your own personality. That’s what I did. I had some talent and I watched them.
“Sir Alex Ferguson also taught me a lot, and I realised I had the potential to score, not only dribble and pass. I started to think of being a complete player without any weakness. I could score with my right foot, my left foot and my head. I’m strong and I’m quick.
“If you have this and a real ethic and a good lifestyle, you can still do it at 34-and-a-half.”