Former Portugal midfielder Costinha has stated clearly that the only reason some people don’t like Cristiano Ronaldo is because of jealousy.
The 45-year-old claims that the 5-time Ballon D’Or winner is a likeable person and a great leader. Ronaldo has achieved all he has via hard work and he recognizes that.
“You could see immediately that he wanted to become the best,” he told Goal.com.
“He trained to be the best. He was really amazing. He was a player who respected the older players and he asked a lot of questions to become better.
“Bit by bit, he took his spot in the team, and Portugal has benefitted a lot from his personality and leadership.
“He works hard. He doesn’t sit and wait for things to arrive to him. He searches out how to be a better player.
“If he sees people saying someone in the opposition’s team is better than him, then he must show him and the world who really is the best.
“He benefitted a lot from Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, and that team made him more aggressive.
“It taught him when to dribble and when to pass the ball. Still, his belief was so strong that he would rise up the ranks.
“It isn’t possible not to love Ronaldo unless you are jealous. He is humble and I am happy for the success he had today.
“I saw him work to become the best and I am Portuguese, so he makes me proud.”
Costinha, who made 50 appearances for Portugal, played alongside Ronaldo when they reached the Euro 2004 final and infamously lost to Greece.