A few years ago, when he was still playing for Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo identified Ashley Cole, a historic English winger, as the most difficult opponent he has faced in his entire professional career.
In July of this year, Peter Crouch, now in his role as commentator and interviewer for Amazon, chatted with the former Arsenal and Chelsea player, and asked him about his battles with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
First, Cole made it very clear that he is aware that CR7 labeled him their most difficult adversary to overcome: “I know. It’s on my wall (laughs) ”.
Then, he recounted how those disputes with the monster of Funchal were. Ashley thinks they were made more special by the mind game. He challenged and provoked him, and the Manchester United players also sought to rebuke him by reminding him of the dribbles that Cris did to him.
“I think it was not only on the court, I think it was also mentally, when I told him something. I liked to think I was getting into his head. And obviously I had a lot of his teammates trying to get into my head, saying, ‘Oh, he did this to you. 0-0, nothing happened. 1-0, the tricks – luxuries – began to appear. We had good battles. “
The video of the humiliating dribble? “When he sat me down… I see him every day. But I slipped ”.
Like Cole also had nights in which he frustrated CR7. Chelsea, for example, uploaded a game to its YouTube channel in which the current Juventus 7 did not see it against the British.
Undefeated data. Ashley Cole and Cristiano Ronaldo met 14 times: 3 wins for Cole’s team, 3 draws and 8 wins for Cristiano Ronaldo’s team.
Did you know…? Ashley Cole and Cristiano Ronaldo had duels in the Premier League, the FA Cup, the Community Shield, the Eurocup, the World Cup and the UEFA Champions League.