Barca legend has huge respect for Cristiano Ronaldo

Barca legend has huge respect for Cristiano Ronaldo

Former Barcelona star Xavi says he have utmost respect for Cristiano Ronaldo, and hailed him as “competitive beast”.

The Spanish World-Cup winner spent most of his career at Camp Nou, before leaving the Club for Qatar in the summer, and experienced the intensity of the biggest Footballing domestic rivalry in the shape of El-Clascio. Xavi came against Cristiano Ronaldo on many occasions from 2009 and 2015, with most of the games had the controversial ending. Barcelona legend left impressed with the desire and the professionalism of three times Ballon d’Or, as he admired his attitude to become the best player in the World.

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Xavi admit he have huge respect for Real Madrid star, and suggested Portuguese International is example to follow for every professional footballer. The former Barca man feels it is the desire of the Cristiano Ronaldo which make him one of the best player in World.

I have the utmost respect for him because of how professional he is,” he told Record.

“He’s always been among the candidates for the Ballon d’Or and won the award several times.

Barca legend has huge respect for Cristiano Ronaldo


“This shows how much of a competitive animal he is.

“He’s a truly competitive beast and still looking to achieve success for him and his team.

“He’s a reference for any professional footballer.

“[Jose Mourinho] always wanted to win at any cost and this shows his nature.

Barca legend has huge respect for Cristiano Ronaldo

“I respect this philosophy, but winning at any cost implies that you can’t stay true to a playing style.

“For me, the ends don’t always justify the means.

“I respect him a lot and he’s achieved great things, but I don’t see football in the same way that Mourinho does.

“[On being nominated for the 2010 FIFA Ballon d’Or], I never thought I deserved it more than other players.

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