Wednesday March 25 2020
Nani: 'I taught Ronaldo a lot'

Former Lazio winger Luis Nani has claimed Cristiano Ronaldo “learned a lot from me”, as he picked two Serie A players in his five-a-side line-up of former teammates.

Nani played one season on loan at the Olimpico in 2017-18 and scored three goals in his 18 appearances for the Biancoceleste.

Ronaldo is an obvious choice when the current Orlando City star picks his best five-a-side consisting of former teammates, but he also makes space for Portuguese compatriot and Parma captain Bruno Alves.

“In goal, I pick [Manchester United goalkeeper David] De Gea. For me, he’s one of the best in the world,” Nani said in a video released by MLS. “He’s a good friend of mine, but he must bring his glasses because he doesn’t see anything without them. It’s true.

“The other four players; Deco, one of my idols. I learned a lot from him, and his technique fits very well in the five vs five.

“I would put a defender, Bruno Alves, who is very technical for a defender. If you need to play, he can play, if you need to destroy, he’s there.

“Cristiano Ronaldo, with all these skills, fast feet… All I taught him in the youth, you know. He learned a lot from me. He knows, he knows,” laughed Nani.

And since he couldn’t play himself, he picked former Manchester United hero Paul Scholes to complete his five-a-side with former teammates.

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