Ancelotti hails Ronaldo a perfect “example” for youngsters at Real Madrid
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has showered praise upon Cristiano Ronaldo, suggesting he is setting brilliant example for the youngsters at the club. Ronaldo, who narrowly missed out on the Ballon d’Or award once again, has been in phenomenal form during the preseason, although he was expected to upset by the opportunity to join his former club Manchester United.
The Italian boss claims Ronaldo is “an example for the youngster on the team”. Ancelotti hailed the 28-year-old winger, praising him for his form as well as attitude. The Portugal international scored his sixth goal of the preseason in a 3-0 victory over Inter Milan at the Edward James Dome last Saturday. The win helped Real Madrid increase their undefeated streak to seven games.
Ancelotti, who just recently joined Real Madrid from Paris Saint-Germain admits he is hugely impressed by Ronaldo’s professionalism.
“[Cristiano] is an example for the kids,” Ancelotti said in an interview to KMOX radio station. “He has everything a football player needs to be great. And he is. He is great, a really fantastic football player. He is an example for the young players on the team.”
Another player who is having a brilliant preseason is the newly signed Isco. The young attacking midfielder has seamlessly fitted into Ancelotti’s team and is promising to become a shining star in the future.
The 21-year-old former Malaga player has been called up for international duty, following brilliant performances at the Under-21 Championship in Israel earlier this summer. Isco now has the opportunity to prove his mettle in a friendly against Ecuador on Wednesday.
“I am very happy. Everything is going smoothly,” Isco said on Real Madrid’s official website. “I am happy about how pre-season has been going, and also now about the call-up. My team-mates all congratulated me. I’ve played with them before in other matches, and I am really excited to play in the game against Ecuador.”
Isco debuted for Spain national team in a friendly game against Uruguay back in February. However, the coveted midfielder has yet to feature in a competitive game for Spain.
“It is time to keep working,” Isco said. “What matters is to continue to be part of the coach’s plans, even if it is in the background for now, and to keep working in order to be called up more often.
“I was happy to have been called up when I was with Malaga, and happy to do it with Madrid now.”