Cristiano Ronaldo: Ex-Juventus star Medhi Benatia says Portuguese star is number 1

Cristiano Ronaldo: Ex-Juventus star Medhi Benatia says Portuguese star is number 1

- Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player in the world according to Benatia

- The former Moroccan star played at Juventus between 2017 and 2019

- Ronaldo scored 25 goals in 32 matches this season before football was suspended across the globe

The former Moroccan star who angrily left Juventus in 2019 has stated that Cristiano Ronaldo is the absolute number one player in the world, GOAL reports.

Benatia bid farewell to Turin in January 2019 after being edged towards the exits by Massimiliano Allegri

According to the 32-year-old, aside being great on the pitch, Ronaldo also has an incredible personality off the pitch which makes him an absolute individual as well.

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Juventus was at the summit of the Serie A standings before the league was suspended indefinitely due to the ravaging coronavirus.

Ronaldo has been outstanding in the cause of the now suspended league having scored 25 goals in his 32 appearances.

“He is the absolute number one, as a footballer and as a person,” Benatia told Goal of Ronaldo.

“He is very intelligent, even off the pitch. His brain is always faster than anybody else. I am happy to be his friend. I always wish him the best.”

Benatia was part of the Juventus squad when Ronaldo arrived in the summer of 2018, but he left the club for Qatari outfit Al-Duhail in January 2019.

Explaining that switch and the role ex-Bianconeri boss Massimiliano Allegri played in it, Benatia said: “Allegri is a great coach and a great person. I had no problem with him or anyone else. But he made promises to me that he didn't keep.

“In pre-season in the States, the coach told me that I was going to start with [Giorgio] Chiellini. And that [Leonardo] Bonucci would have to earn his place. Leo is a champion, but it was expected that I would start and, perhaps, at the first mistake someone else could have played in my place.

“At that moment things were going pretty well for me. I scored two goals in the Italian Cup final and we were talking about a contract renewal. After that, I found myself making four bench appearances without playing even a minute. also reported that Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon might have to be forced into retirement if he aims to keep playing the beautiful game until he is 50, according to his former teammates.

World cup winning duo Fabio Cannavarro and Fransesco Totti both believe the decision to hang up boots might have to be taken out of Buffon’s hands as he keeps playing ball despite turning 42 in January.

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