Brazil and AC Milan legend Kaka believes that the rivalry with Barcelona‘s Lionel Messi is keeping Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo at the top of his game, and is also eager to see if Zinedine Zidane can replicate his success with Real Madrid.
Ronaldo recently scored a hat-trick to help Juventus overcome a two goal deficit over Atletico Madrid and qualify for the quarterfinals of the Champions League. He remains on the top of his game despite being on the wrong side of the 30s.
Kaka believes it is his rivalry with Messi and his desire to always outdo himself that keeps at the top despite being at an age that most players would be thinking about retirement.
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“It doesn’t surprise me for what it is, it surprises me because he’s still at this level,” Kaka told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “I believe there is also a Messi effect, the infinite challenge, this desire to always outdo himself. At 34 and after so many successes, Cristiano still finds surprising motivations.”
The former Brazil international also wants to see if Zidane will be able to once again guide Real Madrid to success, having taken them to three consecutive Champions League titles before his resignation.
“The cycles end,” he added. “Certainly, the result with Ajax is a bit unusual. Now Zidane is back, a great coach who has won three Champions League titles in a row. Let’s see what he will do without Ronaldo.”
Madrid are out of this season’s Champions League but Juventus are still on track of achieving their dream of winning Europe’s biggest club competition after a couple of near misses.