Hernan Crespo has described Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti as ‘an extraordinary person who gave me a lot’.
The former Argentine international retired from professional football almost a year ago following a glittering career that saw him represent a host of Europe’s top clubs – including Lazio, Parma, Inter, Milan, Chelsea and Genoa – and attended Madrid’s first training session of the week as Ancelotti’s team prepare for the game with Malaga.
Crespo, 38, played under the Italian at both Parma and Milan and was full of praise for his former boss.
“Ancelotti is an extraordinary person who gave me a lot,” he told Los Blancos’ official website.
“He was my Coach in my first years in Europe, for two years at Parma and then Milan. You could say that is not very long when you consider how close we are.
“It’s almost 20 years since we first met and it’s always a pleasure to come and meet him.”
The Argentine, who has just completed his coaching course and is studying the training methods employed by the world’s best clubs, also shared his thoughts on Cristiano Ronaldo.
“He is a player who wins matches on his own. Looking at his figures makes what I achieved look ridiculous. You have to admire them,” he admitted.