Ahead of their anticipated Champions League clash in Turin on Tuesday night, Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini was full of praise for Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos as the best centre-back in the world.
Chiellini told El Mundo: “You have to learn from the best, of course, but never impersonate them. I will never have the technique or the explosiveness of Sergio Ramos.
“He is the best central defender in the world and he knows how to play the games that really count.”
The 33-year-old also commented on the comparison between Ronaldo and Messi, describing the Real Madrid and Barcelona players as ‘really different’.
Juventus defender praises Ronaldo’s transition.
Chiellini said: ‘He changed his way to play, I don’t know if it was because of the injury in the Euros or to save energy. Before, he was a number seven for most of his career and now he is a monstrous number nine.’
Messi, meanwhile, has continued to excel for Barcelona this season, and has scored 35 goals in 43 games across all competitions.
On Messi, Chiellini said: ‘It doesn’t show but he is really different from Cristiano. He has unreal speed starting from zero. He always goes where he can cause damage and break you. He is untouchable.’