The Malmo boss has hailed the Real Madrid ace for being equally explosive with either foot, as well as the attacker’s sprinter-like pace
Malmo coach Age Hareide has argued that Real Madrid attacker Cristiano Ronaldo is arguably “the most complete player in the world” ahead of their respective clubs’ Champions League meeting in Sweden on Wednesday.
Ronaldo netted a hat-trick in Madrid’s win over Shakhtar Donetsk on matchday one and Hareide admitted that if his side are to have any chance of upsetting los Blancos, they will have to nullify their prolific Portuguese attacker.
“Cristiano Ronaldo is very strong and very fast. I have seen a video of him doing a zig-zag race against a Spanish sprinter – the sprinter did not stand a chance,” the Malmo coach said at a press conference.
“He is extremely fast over the first couple of metres. He shoots great with both feet. So maybe he is the most complete player in the world.
“We have to isolate him and get him facing the wrong way.”
Hareide is also hoping that Rafael Benitez’s men underestimate the threat posed by the Swedish champions, who were beaten 2-0 in their Champions League opener against Paris Saint-Germain.
“A draw would be a very good result for us, but our best chance is if Madrid maybe think the three points are already theirs and they play a couple of per cent off their best,” he added.
“Maybe the crowd will help too; they are used to big crowds, but here the fans are so close. For us, it is important not to be too passive. If we start passive, it is difficult to turn that around.”