Friday, March 30, 2018

Buffon Hails 'Assassin' Cristiano Ahead of Champions League Showdown

Gianluigi Buffon has described Cristiano Ronaldo as an "assassin" in front of goal ahead of Juventus taking on Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Ronaldo drew a blank in Portugal's 3-0 defeat at the hands of Netherlands on Tuesday, ending a phenomenal run of goalscoring for the forward.

The 33-year-old has hit 21 goals in his last 11 Real Madrid appearances and he also struck a late brace to help Portugal come from behind to beat Egypt last week.

"Over time he has learned how to improve himself as an athlete," Buffon said.

"As a player, he spends less energy with respect to what he did previously.

"I admire him a lot because he is a pragmatic person, lucid in everything he does and what he says.

"I think that in recent years he has shown that he is very intelligent, because he has changed his way of playing.

"He is also lethal, everything he does is at 100 percent and in front of the goal he is an assassin."

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