Juventus midfielder Maralem Pjanic has revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo learned from Manchester United legend Paul Scholes.
Ronaldo has been at Old Trafford between 2003 and 2009 before moving to Real Madrid for a world record transfer fee at the time.
The Portuguese superstar will return to Manchester United with Juventus on Tuesday in their Champions League group stage clash.
Ronaldo will always be remembered fondly at Old Trafford and his Juventus teammate Pjanic has revealed that the 33-year-old learned from Paul Scholes during his time at North West side.
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“If you look at Ronaldo when he was in Manchester and then at the Ronaldo who became the best player in the world, you can see his game has changed. His game became more concrete,” Pjanic told the Guardian.
“I’ve read a lot of things [Ronaldo] has said about Paul Scholes and how he trained.”
“Everyone talked about Scholes as being extraordinary, but not because he was out there doing dummies.”
“By keeping things simple, he made himself special. I think Ronaldo learned from players like that.”
Pjanic has also revealed his verdict on his side’s plans in the Champions League this season as they look to win it for the first time since 1996.
“The Champions League has always been important for Juventus,” Pjanic added.
“It is an objective for us to reach the end, to win the whole thing. We have a lot of quality and we believe in this group.”
“One step at a time, though. Our objective right now is to finish first in the group.”