Cristiano Ronaldo’s favourite position is the left wing, according to Real Madrid star Toni Kroos. The duo were team-mates at the Bernabeu for five years before Ronaldo left for Serie A giants Juventus during the summer transfer window of 2018.
Ronaldo has played on the right, the left and down the middle throughout his professional career.
But Kroos, speaking to The Athletic, has revealed the Juventus star’s preference is to play on the left so that he can cut inside on his formidable right foot.
“His favourite position was on the left,” Kroos said.
“He sometimes played through the middle or next to another striker, but he loved starting from the left and cutting inside best.
“It came with the freedom of not having to track back all the time.
“Almost without fail, he justified having that freedom.
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“The other 10 players knew he would not always come back — Marcelo and I had to chip in (with more running) sometimes.
“But we also knew that it was worth working that little bit more for him, because he would score two at the other end.
“He was free in his movement and always paid us back with goals. The chemistry was right.”
Ronaldo joined Real from Manchester United back in 2009 after establishing himself as one of the best forwards on the planet.
But he took his game to even greater heights during his nine years in the Spanish capital.
Ronaldo scored 450 goals from 348 appearances throughout his time there, propelling the club to four Champions League crowns along the way.
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The highest number of goals he managed in a single campaign was 61, back in the 2014/2015 season.
His lowest tally was 33, which came from 35 matches.
And Kroos has hailed Ronaldo’s finishing, insisting his former Real team-mate is unparalleled in that department.
“When it comes to finishing, he’s unique,” the Germany international said.
“Unsurpassed. He’s the most complete player: left, right, head.
“He wanted those goals with all his heart. He’s obsessed.”
Another person to hail Ronaldo was Rafa Benitez, despite the duo not always seeing eye to eye during their stint in Spain.
“He just exudes the confidence that he will score goals,” the former Real manager said.
“A great finisher — that’s his main strength.
“He was always taking care of himself with his physio, working on little things before and after every game.
“The other players would see that and respond to it. When you say somebody is a good professional, that’s what you mean.”
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