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» José Mourinho: "Cristiano Ronaldo is absolutely incredible"

Cristiano Ronaldo and José Mourinho in Real Madrid training

José Mourinho granted an interview to the "Lusa" press, where he focused mainly at analysing Cristiano Ronaldo importance for Real Madrid and how the Portuguese player has developped into being one of the best football players in the World.

In the most recent interview granted by José Mourinho to the Portuguese press, the "Special One" confessed he was delighted on having Cristiano Ronaldo playing for Real Madrid and had nothing but big compliments regarding CR7. Mourinho compared Ronaldo with himself and defended the idea that there is no other player in the World who can actually be compared to Cristiano Ronaldo, due to all the variety of options that the Portuguese player brings to any team where he plays at.

José Mourinho during a Real Madrid match in 2011

Cristiano Ronaldo started this season with a tremendous pace and has already scored 4 goals for Real Madrid (3 in La Liga and 1 in the Spanish Super Cup), as well as another 2 in the Portuguese National Team. José Mourinho outlines that people should remember that Cristiano Ronaldo is not a striker or a forward, which just turns his achievements even bigger.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrating a goal for Real Madrid, in the Santiago Bernabeu stadium

José Mourinho: "If people want to be honest on this matter, they should say that he is not a striker/forward, as he also doesn't play with the same freedom levels as others do in that position, which is mostly a zone and an area for finishing plays. Ronaldo is a winger! ", emphasized Mourinho, before continuing: "Ronaldo is a winger that developped in a context of a team that allows him to reach upfront finishing zones and areas, which is where he can score so many goals."

Cristiano Ronaldo chasing a ball, with José Mourinho watching closely

For that reason, Mourinho defends the idea that the ammount and value of the goals Cristiano Ronaldo score, can't be compared with the ones that regular strikers or forwards score, which are players that play by nature in positions where they are more prone to get more goalscoring chances. That's one of the reasons why José Mourinho regards Cristiano Ronaldo as "an absolutely incredible player".

Cristiano Ronaldo and José Mourinho together in a Real Madrid practice

Mourinho: "Will Cristiano Ronaldo beat more records? That's not the most important thing on his mind. He already said it: the most important thing is to win titles, and for that reason, the goal that had the most meaning for him last season was the one scored against Barcelona, in the Copa del Rey final", referred Mourinho alluding to the only title that Real Madrid won in the 2010-2011 season.

José Mourinho in a Special One pose

In José Mourinho's opinion, for Cristiano Ronaldo to be able to score dozens of goals, all he needs is that the season outcome turns out to be normal. However, that doesn't mean that this Real Madrid team was built around one figure, Cristiano Ronaldo. Mourinho: "This team was developped around a game concept and model, where Ronaldo, for his unique characteristics, is undeniably important. He's also a hard player to manage on any team, because I know that when I need to replace him in La Liga for example, there is no other player who can come in and do the same things as he does."

Cristiano Ronaldo talking to José Mourinho

Real Madrid, José Mourinho, insists that his team will always lose quality whenever Cristiano Ronaldo leaves the field to be replaced by a teammate, even though they work with other players to attempt doing the same kind of things. "We can work with other athletes in the same way we do with Ronaldo and we can attempt to give him the conditions for him to do same things that CR7 does. However, the team will always lose something when he gets replaced in a game." But that's in part natural and doesn't happen exclusively in Real Madrid, as Mourinho was keen to stress: "This phenomenon happens with Cristiano Ronaldo in Real Madrid, with Wayne Rooney in Manchester United and with Hulk in F.C. Porto. That's absolutely normal to happen."

José Mourinho blinking one eye

Contrary to last season, Mourinho believes that this season, if Cristiano Ronaldo is forced to miss and skip 3 or 4 games due to an injury, Real Madrid has players with the required quality which will allow the team to keep having conditions to win any match in any competition. But Mourinho insisted on underlining that: "Obviously, Ronaldo is Ronaldo, and his performances speak for themselves, since numbers don't lie. Therefore, let's hope we're lucky enough and that Cristiano Ronaldo doesn't pick any injury in the future." and all the fans reiterate the exact same wish!

José Mourinho saluting Cristiano Ronaldo on the pitch

Real Madrid next match in La Liga will be against Getafe, this Saturday, the 10th of September. You can watch Real Madrid vs Getafe live streams, in our Live Games Streams section. Cristiano Ronaldo will be on the line-up in this game that will be played in the Santiago Bernabéu. The countdown clock timer, displaying the time left for the next Ronaldo game, is shown on the top right corner of all pages.

Real Madrid vs Getafe kickoff information:
10th of September, 2011:
19:00 (GMT+1) - London (U.K.), Lisbon (Portugal)
20:00 (GMT+2) - Madrid (Spain)
02:00 (GMT+8) - Beijing (China), (Saturday)
10:00 (GMT-8) - Los Angeles (USA)



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