Ronaldo A Great Example
Speaking exclusively to Genting, he said: “It’s already a great story. [Ronaldo is] the most followed player on earth.
“The guy has proved that he’s immense. He’s an example for anyone that wants to make it as a professional football player.
“He has revived the Premier League on his own. He’s the best signing in the league. For a 36-year-old his stats are unbelievable.”
Ronaldo Advice Should Be Taken On Board
Despite the arrival of the Portuguese star, United have struggled for form this season and have not mounted a title challenge – instead finding themselves battling West Ham, Arsenal and Tottenham to finish fourth.
Ronaldo revealed in an interview that some members of the United squad respond poorly to being criticised and Saha feels that the 184-cap international’s advice should always be taken on board.
“You know, this is a different version of the Ronaldo that I played with,” he explained. “He’s played at the top level for 20 years. This Ronaldo has evolved.
“He’s full of confidence. He’s got a trophy to back up every word he says.
“He was a worker. He was someone that was dedicated to winning. It’s not about him, and he wouldn’t bully someone to appear strong. No, no, no – he wanted to win.
“These United players need to ask themselves, ‘Do they want to be a winner like him?’
“If so, they need to listen to him, they need to be as dedicated as him in training, they need to focus on improving week on week. They need to be humble, work hard and shut up.
“If any player has the right to speak his mind in the dressing room, it is Cristiano Ronaldo. Many of these young players have yet to make their mark in the game.
“They haven’t proved anything. They may have a few international caps, but what have they won?
“I don’t know if he is talking about the defence, the midfield, the strikers, it doesn’t matter. As a player, if you can’t take criticism, that’s not normal, because he is only saying it to help players improve.
“He wants to win trophies while he’s there and he knows how to do it, so the players must listen to him.
“I heard [Zinedine] Zidane talking about him recently, when he was his manager at Real Madrid. He said that in every training session he would celebrate as much as he would in an actual match, after a goal, free kick or corner.
“He is so dedicated. He is an example for any young football player.
“If the players don’t respect what he’s saying, that’s not normal. They should be listening.
“They should be taking in every bit of advice because the guy has been successful throughout his career.
“The players need to sacrifice to improve. They should be like, hang on a minute – let me try this for six months.
“I’ll try to do as much as he does. If I’m tired after sixty minutes, maybe next week I'll be ready to play seventy.”
Pogba In Agreement
Saha revealed that United midfielder Paul Pogba had also mentioned the issue to him, and cited it as a concern with the Red Devils’ dressing room culture.
“I had a conversation with Paul Pogba and he said something similar about the young players,” he added.
“He said: ‘Sometimes when I say something to a few players, they don’t respond well.’ To hear something like this, it’s not normal.
“Paul won a World Cup. Ronaldo has won the Champions League so many times I’ve lost count! You have to take the criticism from these players because it’s about improving.”