Ancelotti: Ronaldo is unique

The Italian believes that the Portuguese attacker’s dedication to the game is what sets him apart from every other player

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has claimed that Cristiano Ronaldo’s level of professionalism is unique within the world of football.

The Portugal international is widely regarded as one of the most complete players of all time and his current coach feels that it is the 29-year-old’s dedication to the game that makes him so special.

Indeed, that is why the Italian coach says he is not in the least bit shocked by Ronaldo’s remarkable goalscoring exploits, with the in-form forward having already scored 17 goals in just 11 games in all competitions so far this season.

“What doesn’t surprise me about Cristiano Ronaldo is the quality he has,” Ancelotti told Madrid’s official website. “It’s something I already knew.

“What does surprise me is the desire he has at this time to fight for the team, to score for the team and his level of professionalism, which is unique in the world of football and above all for a player of this level.

“It’s very good for the team, because Cristiano is not just a goalscorer but also an important leader, because of what he does.

“He doesn’t talk a lot, but he works very hard and that’s why he’s a good example to everyone.”

Ancelotti, though, was quick to acknowledge the role that fellow forwards Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale have played in Ronaldo’s – and indeed Madrid’s – freescoring start to the 2014-15 campaign.

“It isn’t easy to score so many goals, but these players have incredible quality in terms of scoring goals and attacking well,” the former AC Milan boss enthused.

“It’s always a collective effort and the quality of the three up front is unique in the world.”

Madrid, who currently sit fourth in La Liga, have racked up 35 goals in 12 competitive fixtures so far this season.

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