Ruben Dias reveals first impressions of Cristiano Ronaldo

Ruben Dias reveals first impressions of Cristiano Ronaldo

Manchester Metropolis and Portugal defender Ruben Dias has revealed he could not assist however be impressed by Cristiano Ronaldo once they first met at Portugal coaching.

The 25-year-old, who additionally admitted that nothing may put together him for the sensation of that includes in his first World Cup, is now starring alongside Ronaldo because the Selecao bid to place the frustration of the 2018 version behind them.

Dias had only one cap to his title when he was included within the travelling squad in 2018, however he did not made it off the bench after selecting up an harm and Portugal fell to Uruguay within the final 16.

As a part of a squad rejuvenation, Dias was made a everlasting starter for Portugal instantly after that match and he heads to Qatar this winter as one of many recreation’s finest centre-backs.

Earlier than his first outing in opposition to Ghana on Thursday, Dias admitted the sensation of watching on in 2018 is nothing like really enjoying on the most important stage within the worldwide scene.

“It would positively be a particular second,” he advised CNN.

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“I had the possibility of being within the 2018 World Cup in Russia. And I positively felt a unique perspective as a result of it’s one factor to observe it from the skin, you understand how huge it’s, however then to truly stay it and be there, it’s simply one thing else.

“As a participant, it’s most likely the most important [trophy] you’ll be able to obtain. It’s unfair to place it into phrases, to be trustworthy, the sensation you should have after you’ve accomplished it.”

Dias additionally mirrored on his first coaching session with Cristiano Ronaldo, who he admitted left him impressed along with his work ethic.

“The primary day I met [Ronaldo], really educated with him, he had simply gained the Champions League,” Dias mentioned.

“I nonetheless do not forget that day and we had been practising in regular follow. And then you definitely simply see why he was the place he was. You already know, the best way he did all the pieces, each single factor, the element, the dedication.”

Cristiano Ronaldo, Ruben Dias

Cristiano Ronaldo and Ruben Dias collectively on the 2022 World Cup / Clive Brunskill/GettyImages

He added: “Soccer for me is all the pieces. It’s life. It’s happiness. It’s coping with all the pieces from being great to being the worst factor on this planet, coping with all types of feelings.

“It’s making ready my future, it’s making ready in the future to have a household. It’s turning into a greater man myself. Like many different professions as nicely however for me, soccer is a giant instance of life as a result of you will have all of it in soccer.”

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