Buffon praises ‘intelligent’ Ronaldo

Legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has praised the ‘intelligence’ of Cristiano Ronaldo for adapting his style of play throughout his career.

Ronaldo, now 33, beat the Juventus shot-stopper twice in last year’s Champions League final and the two will go head-to-head in this season’s quarter-finals again.

“He keeps improving his performance and adapting as an athlete, it’s incredible,” Buffon said, as cited by Diario AS.

“On the pitch he uses less energy than what he did a few seasons ago, he has recognised how to adapt and become more pragmatic.

“This shows his intelligence in managing his body and his career but it has not impacted on his performance – he is still deadly in front of goal!”

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