Ronaldo not a selfish player, says Ancelotti


The coach has defended the Portuguese forward against suggestions he only cares for his own glory following a stellar start to 2014-15

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti says claims that Cristiano Ronaldo is a selfish player are misguided and that he is willing to play in any position required to help his team.

The Portugal forward – who has been plagued with minor injuries in 2014 – has started the new season in spectacular fashion, scoring 17 goals in 11 competitive games.

Having starred in Real Madrid’s route to Champions League success last campaign, Ronaldo is very much in the running to hold on to his Ballon d’Or award in January, however there remain some who consider him a selfish footballer.

But Ancelotti has attempted to dismiss such claims as false and does not believe that the attacker’s success has turned him into a player who only cares about himself.

“Ronaldo is a player with boundless talent, who can score 50 goals per season,” the former Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain boss told So Foot.

“More importantly, I can say that he provides plenty of help to his team-mates and his coach.

“Cristiano is not selfish, he plays in any position he his asked to.”

Real Madrid are back in action after the international break – in which Ronaldo is expected to be deployed for Portugal in Fernando Santos’ first games in charge – against Levante on October 18 as they continue their pursuit of La Liga table-toppers Barcelona.

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