Carlos Tevez has been discussing the main differences he found between his former teammates Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Boca Juniors striker Tevez partnered both five time Ballon d’Or winners at different stages throughout his hugely successful career, teaming up with Juventus star Ronaldo at Manchester United and featuring alongside Barcelona talisman Messi at international level for Argentina.
Talking to reporters in his homeland Tevez revealed what most observers have been saying for many years, mainly that for Messi his brilliance just comes naturally, whereas for Ronaldo his success is more down to his freakish dedication to training.
“Lionel Messi, I never saw him in the gym. I’ve never seen him train in the stops or doing technical exercises,” Tevez said.
“It is all natural to him, but on penalties he trained: first he did not take them and now he shoots them all at the corner.
“Cristiano always stopped in the gym after training: for him it is an obsession and, being the best in everything, he always arrived at work early.
“When the training was set for 9 in the morning I arrived at 8 and he was already there.
“Even if I arrived at 7.30 he was already there.
“I began to ask myself, ‘How can I get rid of this guy?’ So one day I arrived at 6 but he was already there! Sleepy, but he was there.”