AC Milan defender Simon Kjaer has declared that it is ‘always a pleasure’ to play against Cristiano Ronaldo in view of Sunday’s clash against Juventus.
The Rossoneri head to Turin knowing that they could do with three points to give a boost to their top four hopes, having slipped from top spot at the beginning of the year to as low as fifth a week ago.
Regarding Cristiano, the numbers speak for themselves. Without the 27 goals of the Portuguese star, who knows where Juventus would be, while the Dane – who arrived in January 2020 amid general skepticism – has become a leader and an irremovable staple of Pioli’s Milan. His experience will also be essential to stop Ronaldo.
Kjaer spoke to Sky Italia ahead of the trip north to Turin and in particular the kind of battle he is expecting from Cristiano, a player he has faced many times in the past, with his comments transcribed by MilanNews.
“It has always been a pleasure to play against him, since the first time 11-12 years ago. He changed a lot compared to before, he has always been a champion and there is no need to discuss it,” he said.
“He lives for the goal: he can play a game like this, but if there is a ball in the 90th he does everything to score that goal. He is always involved in the match, which is why he has always been at the top of football for the last 10-15 years.”