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Cristiano Ronaldo: Rio Ferdinand makes big claim ahead of Real Madrid vs Liverpool

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Cristiano Ronaldo: The Real Madrid star started the Champions League final against Liverpool

Ferdinand played alongside Ronaldo for six years at Manchester United.

The Portuguese forward has gone on to break countless records in his wake after leaving Old Trafford for Real Madrid in 2009.

Cristiano Ronaldo was looking for his fifth career Champions League title this evening when Real took on Liverpool in Kiev.

And ahead of the game, Ferdinand paid tribute to Ronaldo, not just to his ability, but his work-rate and dedication.

He does extra training, hours on the training field, honing his skills and technique to get where he is today

Rio Ferdinand on Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo

“Them numbers, they all come, obviously you need talent, but what you need to match that is dedication,” Ferdinand said of the Real Madrid man.

“I think he’s one of the most, if not the most, dedicated players that I ever worked with.

“He does extra training, hours on the training field, honing his skills and technique to get where he is today.

“Another part of his game that probably does go unnoticed at times is that he was a tricky winger that came here to excite fans and entertain people.

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Cristiano Ronaldo: Ferdinand says the Real Madrid star is the most dedicated player he played with

“He’s involved and developed through intelligence, to becoming a game-changer and wanting to decide games, just with goals and assists, not wanting to entertain the other stuff.

“That is intelligence to do that, being able to understand that and then develop that and put that into his game.

“It’s not an easy thing to do.”

Unsurpsingly, Ronaldo was named in Real’s starting XI against Liverpool.

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