Legendary Brazil-born Portugal midfielder Deco has been stunned by Cristiano Ronaldo’s work ethics on and off the pitch which has prompted the former FC Porto and Barcelona star to describe the three-time Ballon d’Or winner as a ‘crazy’ footballer.
Deco was trying to compare his compatriot Ronaldo to Argentine sensation Messi in terms of their professionalism.
However, Ronaldo’s training routines got him flabberwhelmed.
“The boy is sick, I have not seen anyone train like that, it is very difficult to be the same,” Deco told ESPN Brasil.
“Messi takes care of his body like a standard athlete, but Cristiano is incredible.
“It borders on the crazy because he always wants to be the best at everything and compete for everything.
“It’s great to see the two players in action, but it is impossible to make a comparison.”