Juventus manager, Andrea Pirlo has hailed club superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo as a "real champion" after the striker scored a brace to help his side beat Cagliari 2-0 in the Serie A on Saturday.
The 35-year-old scored twice in the space of four first-half minutes to ensure that he has now scored eight goals in six appearances in all competitions for the club, with the striker now becoming the first Juventus player to score in each of his first five games in the Serie A in one season in the three-points-per-win era.
"He is a great professional, as we already knew. He is a real champion and sets the example for everyone around him, both in the matches and in training. The only advice I can give him is to keep going in the same way," Pirlo told DAZN.
Juventus moved second in the league table, with the Bianconeri winning four of the eight games they have played under the Italian legend, something which has pleased the manager - with the man revealing that the players are now getting a hold of his ideas.
There's a lot of quality in this squad, but that alone is not enough. If we are going to dominate games then we have to work the ball quickly from side to side. The players enjoy this style of football. When we have possession we have to pin the opposition back.
"We've been trying this pressing game since the first game but have not had much time to work on it. It is about winning back the ball as quickly as possible to keep the pressure," he concluded.