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Jose Mourinho Reveals How 'Clever' Cristiano Ronaldo Remains Important for Portugal

Arjun Singh Devgan
Cristiano Ronaldo is the highest goalscorer in European Championship history
Cristiano Ronaldo is the highest goalscorer in European Championship history / BSR Agency/Getty Images

Former Chelsea and Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho has opened up on how footballing superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo has changed his playing style over his career, revealing that, the striker is "very clever" in the way he has managed his "game and energy".

Ronaldo has made a massive adjustment to his game as time has passed by as he no more the flashy winger that broke into the United squad back in 2003. The 36-year-old now plays as an out-an-out striker, and it is a change that has brought him great success over the years.

Mourinho managed his compatriot during his stint as manager of Real Madrid and discussed how Ronaldo still manages to have such a major impact on the game despite not being at his peak.

"Physically, he is very fit of course. He has changed his game. He is not of course, the winger anymore. He is not even the winger who has the freedom to come inside, he is clearly now a number nine," he told talkSPORT.

“So he reduces his runs, he reduces his individual actions; he is very clever in the way he manages his game and his energy. He is a finisher; he has two chances and he will score one or two goals, and of course he is still very, very fit to use with power like in the first goal. So he is still a very important player for us.”

Ronaldo's change in his playing style has paid dividends for him as he recently became the highest goalscorer in European Championships with 12 goals and currently has scored 107 international goals, the most by an active player at the moment.