Mourinho highlights Ronaldo motivation

12 June 2021 00:36:00 GMTPlus10

Jose Mourinho believes his Portuguese compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo is motivated by breaking records and chasing silverware.

Ronaldo helped Portugal reign supreme at the European Championships in France five years ago and he will play another key role for them at Euro 2020, where they are 8.50 to defend their crown.

The Portuguese talisman is a five-time Ballon d'Or winner and has also lifted the Champions League on five occasions, first with Manchester United and then four times with Real Madrid.

Ronaldo now plies his trade in Italy with Juventus, where despite turning 36 years of age in February was able to top Serie A's scoring charts with 29 goals in 33 appearances.

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The Juve star will be hoping he can translate that form to this summer's showpiece, Euro 2020, as he hunts down the international goalscoring record set by Iran's Ali Daei.

Ronaldo has 104 goals from 175 caps for Portugal and is just five behind the tally set by the now retired record holder, Daei.

Mourinho is set to join Ronaldo in Italy next season when he takes charge of Roma and he is full of admiration for his fellow countryman.

When asked by TalkSport what drives him on, Mourinho said: "I think records. He is a legend, one of the big names that stays forever in football history, but the guy motivates himself with numbers and new things.

"He wants to win the gold ball X times, the golden boot X times, he wants to get the record from the Iran (player) for goals for an international team, he wants to not just play in this Euros but the World Cup."

Mourinho added: "He's 36. He doesn't score 50 goals, but how many did he score? 35. The record is incredible, the numbers speak by itself."

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