Cristiano Ronaldo's former Sporting Lisbon teammate brands Portuguese Michael Jordan of football

Cristiano Ronaldo's former Sporting Lisbon teammate brands Portuguese Michael Jordan of football

- Cristiano Ronaldo has been labeled Michael Jordan of football

- The 35-year-old has been superb all through his 18-year career with over 620 goals across clubs

- Ronaldo's teammate Tello says the winger is the 'ultimate athlete'

Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has been branded Michael Jordan of football due to his attitude towards winning in everything he does.

The 35-year-old remain the most successful player in Europe with five Champions League titles to his name.

He has also won five Ballon d'Or awards - with Barcelona captain Lionel Messi beating him by just one after winning his sixth last year.

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The former Real Madrid winger has equally been celebrated on other prestigious platforms following his triumphs at several other competitions in his career.

However, his former teammate at Sporting Lisbon Rodrigo Tello holds the Portuguese in high esteem, adding that the forward is the ultimate athlete.

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Ronaldo made his debut for the Primeira Liga side at the age of 17 in 2002 before leaving for Manchester United in 2003.

The 35-year-old grew through the ranks at Sporting and his work ethic from his youth days made him the first player to represent the club Under-16s, U17s, U18s, and senior team.

He scored five goals and five assists in 31 games in his debut season for the first team.

Tello told Portuguese newspaper Abola: "Cristiano's mentality was totally different from that of a 17-year-old kid.

"When we played table football, he was the best, we played pool, he was the best and when we were going to do weights and he was the one who did the most. "He reminds me of (Michael) Jordan, competitive in everything.'

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The never-giving-up winger is putting a lot of work to gain more speed and flexibility while training in rugby studs to enhance his sprinting.

Ronaldo has scored 626 club goals across all the clubs he has featured for since making his senior debut at Sporting. He a total of 32 trophies including two international competitions to his name.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt has described his teammate Cristiano Ronaldo as the greatest player of his generation - shunning Lionel Messi in the process.

The 35-year-old joined the Old Lady from Real Madrid in the summer of 2018 and could win his second Serie A title this season.

Only this season, the Portuguese has scored 25 goals in 32 appearances so far - including a streak of 11 goals in 11 successive Serie A games, a run which expired against Inter Milan in March.

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