Ronaldo”s strong mentality inspirational: Granada defender Duarte

TIL Desk Sports/ Portuguese central defender Domingos Duarte, who plays for Granada in the Spanish LaLiga, wants to imbibe Cristiano Ronaldo”s “strong mentality” as he strives to break into the national team on the back of helping his club get off to a good start this season. “He (Ronaldo) has the mentality like no one. To maintain yourself at the top for so many years like Cristiano does, it”s very difficult,” Duarte told.

“Cristiano has talent but his main quality is his mentality. He is still willing to learn. That”s what I see from outside. I haven”t met him but I would like to,” said Duarte of the Portuguese star who plays for Italian giants Juventus and is regarded as one of the best footballers of this generation.

Duarte is yet to break into the Portugal senior team but has represented his country at the age group levels. LaLiga newcomers Granada shocked Spanish football by topping the table after 10 games and now find themselves in sixth position after 12 games with 20 points, two adrift of leaders FC Barcelona whom they beat earlier this season.

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