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Sport Cristiano Ronaldo will still be revered in 300 years, says Rui Costa

16:20  02 october  2020
16:20  02 october  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Updated: 1 Oct 2020, 13:11. CRISTIANO RONALDO will still be talked about 300 years from now, according to Rui Costa . And while he holds them both in the highest esteem, Rui Costa is certain his countryman Ronaldo will be remembered for centuries to come.

Rui Costa , 48, played with Ronnie for Portugal and spent time with Juve boss Pirlo at AC Milan. And while he holds them both in the highest esteem, Rui Costa is certain his countryman Ronaldo will be remembered for centuries to come. He said : " In 300 years from now


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Cristiano Ronaldo will still be talked about in 300 years as a football icon and is now working with a coach at Juventus who suits him down the ground, according to a former team-mate of both superstars.

Rui Costa played with Ronaldo for Portugal and campaigned with new Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo at AC Milan.

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Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo overtook Rui Costa to become the leading Portuguese scorer Ronaldo slotted a first-half penalty down the middle in Juve's 2-0 win over Bologna, a result that saw In reaching 43 goals, the 35- year -old also moved beyond Rui Costa as the Portuguese player with

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And the 48-year-old reckons the duo are a match made in heaven as former Italian playmaker Pirlo understands more than anyone what strikers like Ronaldo need to shine.

Cristiano Ronaldo standing on a baseball field: Cristiano Ronaldo will still be revered as a football legend 300 years from now, says Rui Costa © Provided by Daily Mail Cristiano Ronaldo will still be revered as a football legend 300 years from now, says Rui Costa Giorgio Chiellini et al. that are talking to each other: Star striker Ronaldo (left) says Juventus 'play with a smile' under new boss Andrea Pirlo (right) © Provided by Daily Mail Star striker Ronaldo (left) says Juventus 'play with a smile' under new boss Andrea Pirlo (right)

'In 300 years we will continue talking about Ronaldo, he is unique,' Costa said.

'He has maintained the same level in different teams, different leagues and in the national team.

'He is 35 years old, he has won things over and over again. When he sets a goal, he achieves it.

'And knowing him well, I am convinced that, in addition to the Scudetto, he wants to conquer at all costs the top scorer, which has escaped him so far.'

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Italian champions Juventus sacked Maurizio Sarri in the summer after just one season, despite the former Chelsea coach guiding them to a ninth straight Serie A title.

But it was his inability to get Juve beyond the last 16 in the Champions League, where they lost to Lyon, that proved costly - alongside claims that the Italian had an uneasy relationship with Ronaldo,

Former Juve midfielder Pirlo was the shock replacement for Sarri in August, despite having no first-team coaching experience, but Costa reckons his knowledge of the game and what strikers need to score goals will suit Ronaldo down to the ground.

Rui Costa holding a frisbee: Midfield great Rui Costa (left) and Ronaldo were team-mates with  Portugal © Provided by Daily Mail Midfield great Rui Costa (left) and Ronaldo were team-mates with  Portugal

'Andrea was a champion and he knows perfectly how great players think, he knows what strikers need to shine on the pitch,' Costa said.

'Pirlo as a player was phenomenal serving strikers and that's why he has this advantage in his relationship with Cristiano.

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'Then, contrary to what many may think, two champions like Cristiano and Pirlo solve problems and don't create them. They are two football geniuses.

'I am convinced Ronaldo will work well with him, as it worked with (at Real Madrid) Zinedine Zidane, like Andrea, he also knows exactly what strikers need.'

Ronaldo, who visibly clashed with Sarri on multiple occasions, has already hinted at a happier Juventus camp under new coach Pirlo.

He scored a brace on Sunday night to secure a point for Juventus away against Roma.

'We're enthusiastic and I see a bright future for us. What we're seeing is that the team is happy to work with a smile,' he said.

'We're at the start of the season, there's a new coach, new ideas, but I see the team working well.'

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