Cristiano Ronaldo’s positive dressing room antics were recently championed by his Manchester United teammate Alex Telles.
The Red Devils left-back explained how the five-time Ballon d’Or winner keeps the entire squad on its toes with his winner’s mentality.
United have been struggling for form in the Premier League, with a string of poor results culminating in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer being sacked.
The Red Devils are now under new management, with Ralf Rangnick overseeing his first win in charge of the Old Trafford club on the weekend.
Positive energy has been restored at Man United, and it seems Ronaldo is largely to thank for this, as Telles explained.
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Telles told ESPN Brasil: “He’s a very involved guy, as everyone already knows. He’s a winning guy, who has reached the maximum level and to reach his level he has to be very competitive.
“Whether he’s playing or not, he’s a guy who is always involved. On the pitch, you have a vision, and outside another, you can see the game better.
“Him warming up, obviously, when I was close to him, he said some things that he saw were more important, in short, to cross or not, pass or not, go on and on, press on.
“These things that, normally, those out of the pitch have this vision. We on the field, more tired, with the pressure of the opponent, it becomes more difficult. He really gives this positive help and he just wanted to help and it’s very positive for all of us.”
Dimitar Berbatov played alongside Ronaldo briefly during his first stint at the club.
Ronaldo was only a young man at the time, but according to the Bulgarian, had the very same winner’s mentality he possesses today.
Berbatov spoke to Mirror Football shortly after Ronaldo re-signed for United and correctly predicted he would be a positive force in the dressing room.