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Di Stefano hails Ronaldo

SoccerNews in European Championships 23 Jun 2012

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Real Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stefano has heaped praise on Cristiano Ronaldo, who he feels is enjoying a ‘fantastic’ Euro 2012 campaign.

The Portugal talisman looked decidedly off the boil in his nation’s first two games of the tournament, but has since scored three goals in two games to fire Paulo Bento’s men into the semi finals.

Reflecting on the winger’s performances in Poland and Ukraine, the 85-year-old is delighted to see Ronaldo excel in Poland and Ukraine, but also reserved credit for his team-mates.

“I have not seen all the Euro 2012 matches but Cristiano Ronaldo is having a fantastic competition,” Di Stefano told Portuguese newspaper Diario de Noticias.

“He stood out with a great goal against Czech Republic. He is a very complete player, a forward who is there to score goals.

“Pepe and (Fabio) Coentrao are also having great competitions. Pepe is a phenomenal player.”

Ronaldo’s chances of wrestling the Ballon d’Or crown away from Barcelona’s Lionel Messi are set to be increased after a strong tournament, and Di Stefano has backed him for the accolade.

“Messi and Cristiano are two of the world’s best players, but I want the best in the world to be recognised as a Real Madrid player,” Di Stefano said.

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