Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has lauded Cristiano Ronaldo following his performance in Portugal’s 3-3 draw with Spain in the World Cup in Russia.
The pair worked together during the manager’s time at Real Madrid and it was often stated that they didn’t have the best of relationships, both preferring to simply keep things professional.
Ronaldo’s hat-trick against one of the best nations in football in the biggest tournament in football could only see him gather due praise from players and pundits alike.
United have been linked with re-signing their former player and it certainly didn’t help the rumours that Mourinho was so open and public in his praise for the versatile attacker.
Cristiano threw his own future up in the air following Madrid’s Champions League win by claiming he’s enjoyed his time with the team and will announce his decision soon.
According to Sports Lens, Jose said on Russia Today: “He knew. He knew and that’s what I really admire in some players and he is a great example.
“There are players for some matches, there are players for every matches and there are players for special matches. And the players for special matches are the ones.
“His [free-kick] record lately is not the best, I think for every free-kick he takes in the national team, he is not scoring as much as he did for Manchester United and for the first years in Real Madrid.
“But this one is the critical one, this one is a crucial point, it can affect the self-esteem, the self-confidence, the way to appear in the next two matches, the rivalry, what it means for Portuguese people who is at home. And he has this little touch, this little feeling and the goal is fantastic.”
The Ronaldo and Lionel Messi debate has still raged on but the former is certainly making a case to be considered the better player, especially since the latter fluffed his lines against Iceland just a day later.
The Real Madrid man will be attempting to lead his nation to glory once more as he did for the Euro’s two years ago but this will certainly be a more difficult path to navigate.