William Gallas Exclusive: Ronaldo Must Accept He's Not The Player He Was
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William Gallas Exclusive: Ronaldo Must Accept He's Not The Player He Was

William Gallas claims Cristiano Ronaldo must accept that he is no longer the player he was in his younger days as the Portugal captain pursues World Cup success. Ronaldo, who turns 38 in February next year, has won a plethora of individual and team honours, including five Champions Leagues, seven league titles, the European Championships and five Ballons d’Or. However, he has been in and out of the side at Manchester United this season - leading the forward to give an interview in which he expressed his displeasure with the Red Devils hierarchy. As the Portuguese prepares for what is likely to be his final World Cup campaign, Gallas feels Ronaldo must accept the limitations that come with age.



Speaking exclusively to Genting, he said: “[After] you’ve won everything, you need to reflect and understand that you’re not the same player you were. You don’t have the power [any more]. 

“This happens to all of the best players. You have to accept it.

“[But] if there is that one trophy, the one prize that you still are desperate to lift, for example if you haven’t won the Champions League or the Premier League, you will still try to get your hands on this trophy. 

“Right now, Ronaldo wants that World Cup. In the club game, he has won everything, so it should be easy for him to say ‘I’ve won everything, my last challenge is the World Cup.’

“I hope that he can show the world that he is one of the game’s greatest players and that he will go out with a bang, but it will be difficult. 

“When you look at his performances, everyone knows him as a goal scorer, but he isn’t scoring goals at the moment. 

“Because of what he has done in his career, he is judged on his goals and we can all see that he is getting older. 

“I think he will do everything in his power to have a great World Cup, but he can’t all of a sudden become the player he was at Real Madrid and sometimes players have to accept this.”






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