“You Have to Be Aware Every Minute,” – Koulibaly on Playing Against Ronaldo

“You Have to Be Aware Every Minute,” – Koulibaly on Playing Against Ronaldo

Elijah Odetokun
April 29, 2023 at 12:08 PM
  • Kalidou Koulibaly has named Cristiano Ronaldo as the most difficult opponent he faced
  • The two played against each other for three years during Ronaldo's time at Juventus
  • Koulibaly secured a move to Chelsea in the summer after eight years at Napoli

Kalidou Koulibaly has named Cristiano Ronaldo the toughest opponent he has faced in his career and revealed what makes it very difficult to play against him.

Ronaldo spent three years at Juventus and played against Koulibaly and Napoli a couple of times, enough for the centre-back to have an opinion of him.

The Portuguese left Juventus and returned to England with Manchester United in 2021 before the Senegalese also moved to Chelsea last summer.

Kalidou Koulibaly, Cristiano Ronaldo, Italian Serie A, Napoli, Juventus.
Kalidou Koulibaly playing against Cristiano Ronaldo during their time in Italy. Photo by Marco Luzzani.
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The two could have met again last October when Chelsea and United locked horns. However, Koulibaly was injured, and Erik Ten Hag suspended Ronaldo after walking out of Tottenham game a week before, as reported by Sky Sports.

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Koulibaly names Ronaldo toughest opponent

Ronaldo, who currently plies his trade in Saudi Arabia with Al-Nassr, has been a defender's nightmare for years due to his speed, physicality and quick feet.

The former Napoli man was one of the most consistent defenders in Europe during his time in Italy but admitted the five-time Ballon d'Or winner gave him a tough time.

''Ronaldo, it's very difficult to play against him,'' he told Goal. ''Because sometimes, you don't see him for a few minutes. You think that's okay; that's a good game. But after he comes out from his place, and he scores.
''So, it's the hardest thing with him; you have to be aware every minute. Because, otherwise he will score. You won't know how he will do it, but he will do it the same.''

Fan begs Ronaldo not to retire

announced reported that a young Al-Nassr fan begged Ronaldo not to retire as it would be difficult to stop crying the day he announced his retirement from the beautiful game.

The former Real Madrid superstar has enjoyed a career spanning over 20 years and wrote his name in the history books as one of the greatest players ever.

He enjoyed a delightful rivalry with Lionel Messi for years, achieving it all except the FIFA World Cup.

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