Retrieved 22 May 2020, 05:18 IST
Sami Khedira praised Cristiano Ronaldo as “extraordinary”, saying his Juventus teammate was a great role model.
A five-time Ballon d’Or winner, Ronaldo is considered one of the best players of all time.
The Portuguese star spent five seasons at Real Madrid before joining the Turin midfielder in 2013, playing alongside Ronaldo in his seventh season.
The German 35-year-old international praised the attitude and said the forward would go down as one of the greatest of all time.
“Cristiano is a great footballer and a great person,” Khidira said on Instagram on Thursday.
“Meanwhile, we have been playing together for seven years, five of them with Madrid and two with Juventus.
“Because of his skills and his ambitions, I think he is one of the best footballers in the world. He wants to win every time he has a training session.
“He’s a role model to all people. That’s why he’s one of the best footballers. I think I can feel lucky, then play and train.”
– Juventus FC (JuventusFC) 21, 2020
Khedira also praised former head coach Jose Mourinho, who signed him from Stuttgart to Madrid in 2010.
The midfielder said: “The most impressive person as a coach and person is Jose Mourinho because in reality he believed me.
“The biggest step of my career from Stuttgart to Real Madrid since the 2010 World Cup and he taught me a lot of technical things, but as a person he also improved me, he believed me.
“I still have a great relationship with him, I’m still in touch with him and I follow him as a coach and a person and that’s why I chose Jose Mourinho.”