Space – Out-of-ordinary Ronaldo Should Be Studied By NASA, Says Former Teammate
A FORMER team-mate of Cristiano Ronaldo has branded him “out of the ordinary” and claims he should be studied by space agency NASA.
Retired striker Liedson da Silva Muniz, who played alongside the returning Man Utd hero with Portugal at the 2010 World Cup, said Ronaldo’s achievements left him speechless.
Speaking in an interview with Sport TV about the star’s goal record, he said: “It’s absurd, incredible, it leaves you speechless.
“The stats he’s notched up and his career so far speak for themselves.
“It’s very easy to talk about Cristiano now, you just have to look at his goalscoring record. What can I say apart from praise him?!
“Each game he plays he beats new records, there’s not much more I can say about him.”
Offering his take on how Cristiano could influence upcoming stars of the future, he added: “It’s good he serves as a role model for youngsters who dream of becoming a Cristiano Ronaldo in their own lives.
“But it’s also necessary to analyse his story of work, struggle and going without a lot of things to reach the level he’s at now where he can beat records wherever he goes.
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“Cristiano should be studied not only by NASA but also by other scientists. He’s an out-of-the-ordinary phenomenon.”
Recalling their time spent playing together with Portugal in the 2009/2010 season, the Brazilian-born former Sporting CP striker, known better just by his first name of Liedson, added: “Cristiano treated me very well and when I see him doing what he does now I’m very happy for him.
“People ask me what he’s like and I say he’s like anyone else, but it’s inexplicable what he’s acheived. He’s a phenomenon who is the first to arrive at training and the last to leave.
“It’s no fluke he’s gone as far as he has in football, it’s the result of a lot of hard work.”
The 36-year-old dad-of-four is due to make his second debut for Man Utd against Newcastle at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Recalling the boost then-boss Sir Alex Ferguson gave him before his first game with United as an 18-year-old sub against Bolton in 2003, he told the club website: “I was so nervous. I didn’t expect to play.
“When I first signed I thought I would be back in Portugal for one more year. But Sir Alex Ferguson said ‘no, no you’re going to stay here and you’re going to be in the squad for the game’.
“I was super nervous, I didn’t even expect to come on. Of course I will be nervous on Saturday, but I’m more mature and more experienced now.”
He added: “I’m here to win. People speak about the age, but they should know I’m different to the rest.
“I show off all the time, year by year, and this year will be the same. I know 100 per cent I will be good with my team-mates.
“The supporters are special and hope they can push the team, and we’ll be doing our best to win important things. I am ready and I think I will be a huge thing in the next three or four years.”
The footballer and his family reunited recently at a rented mansion in Alderley Edge, Cheshire, following his record-breaking performance for Portugal against Ireland.
He became the top international goalscorer in men’s football history, reaching the milestone of 111 goals in dramatic fashion by giving his nation a late win over Ireland on the Algarve.
Ronaldo scored 118 goals in 292 games during his first stint at Old Trafford before leaving in 2009 to join Real Madrid.
He then re-signed for the Red Devils from Juventus.
The football idol flew into the UK by private jet just over a week ago and headed immediately to a seven-bedroom countryside hideaway to isolate under coronavirus rules before his second Man Utd debut.
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He arrived in Manchester 24 hours before his partner Georgina Rodriguez posted a series of photos on Instagram of her and their four children travelling by private jet.
The pictures carried a heart emoji above the Manchester location tag.
Georgina also posted a photo of a ‘welcome’ Cadbury’s chocolate bar bearing the Man United logo.
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