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"Cristiano's Strength is That He Has A Mind That is Programmed to Win" - Allegri Praises Ronaldo's Mentality

Ali Shibil Roshan
Allegri was the Juventus coach when Ronaldo arrived at the Italian side
Allegri was the Juventus coach when Ronaldo arrived at the Italian side / ISABELLA BONOTTO/Getty Images
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Former Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri says Cristiano Ronaldo has a mind that is programmed to win and that it is the 36-year-old's strength.

Allegri was the Juventus coach when Ronaldo arrived at the Italian club in the summer of 2018. Under the tutelage of the Italian tactician, Old Lady and Ronaldo won the Serie A title in the 2018-19 season, while they also claimed the Supercoppa Italiana.

Speaking to Sky Sport Italia, Allegri, who Juventus sacked after the 18-19 season, praised Ronaldo as he said there are only a few in the business who can 'shake off a defender and run at the goal like him'.

"Ronaldo too is human and can make mistakes, but there are few who can shake off a defender and run at the goal like him," Allegri said as quoted by Football Italia.

The former Bianconeri manager also praised Ronaldo's mentality as he said: "Cristiano's strength is that he has this mind that is programmed to win. He won five Ballon d’Or trophies, the Champions League, so many titles, yet he is there giving himself new motivation every single day."

Allegri also said that whoever plays alongside Ronaldo has to fill the space the Portuguese leaves and he jokingly claimed Mario Mandzukic ran more in the year he played with the five-time Ballon d'Or winner than in his entire career. He said: "Poor Mario Mandzukic, playing with Cristiano Ronaldo, he ran more in that year than his entire career… I love Mandzukic, he’s a fantastic player."


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