Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini have praised Cristiano Ronaldo

Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini have praised Cristiano Ronaldo

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25 Jan 2022
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The Portuguese landed from Real Madrid in 2018 before leaving at the beginning of the 2021/22 season for Manchester United, picking up two Serie A titles in his time there.

Ronaldo didn’t act like a superstar

Italy and Juventus’ iconic centre-back pairing of Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini have praised Cristiano Ronaldo for how he settled in at the Old Lady during his three-year spell in Turin. The Portuguese landed from Real Madrid in 2018 before leaving at the beginning of the 2021/22 season for Manchester United, picking up two Serie A titles in his time there. “We were prepared for the media hype that would come with everything he did from when he arrived,” Chiellini and Bonucci told Fedez’s Wild Moss podcast. “But once he became part of the group, he behaved normally and well with everybody. He didn’t act like a superstar. He’s a walking multinational company himself, but you could joke with him.”

 

Both Bonucci and Chiellini made headlines last summer. They played a massive part in Italy’s European Championship success, with the former even scoring the Azzurri’s equaliser in the final against England.

Ahead of their opening game of the tournament against Turkey, Italy’s bus set off from the hotel without assistant coach Gianluca Vialli. Having gone on to win, they made that something of a superstitious tradition. “The bus left without Vialli for the first win,” Bonucci said. “So then, every time we left our base for a match, we started the bus without him and stopped after five metres to let him on. It didn’t matter that he’d been ready and waiting for 15 minutes with us.” Bonucci continued to recall the celebrations on the night of their triumph, having edged England in a tense penalty shootout. “After the win, we celebrated all night,” Bonucci said.

 

“Once we arrived in Rome, we couldn’t resist. Nicolo Barella was hungover. In the end, you realise that you’re ready for a certain situation even if you didn’t know it. Even during the tournament, we enjoyed some barbecues and some drinks together.”

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