Ancelotti heaps praise on Ronaldo

Former Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has praised the professionalism of Portugal international Cristiano Ronaldo, ahead of the Champions League final next Saturday.

Ancelotti, who will take over from Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich in the off-season, enjoyed a hugely successful stint at the Real helm during a two-year spell at the Bernabeu helm.

Key to his success at the club was the consistency shown by Ronaldo, both in terms of goals scored and appearances made.

And Ancelotti has highlighted the unwavering work ethic of the 2014 Ballon d’Or winner.

“Cristiano Ronaldo bathed in ice at three o’clock in the morning, even if Irina [Shayk] was waiting for him at home,” Ancelotti told the Financial Times.

“He wasn’t bothered about the money; he only wanted to be the best.

“I can’t go into details but I can tell you that it is incredible how he has always put his career before models and other issues.”

Ronaldo and his teammates will be aiming to add to the Spanish club’s already impressive trophy haul when they face cross-town rivals in the final of the Champions League next Saturday.

Ancelotti steered the Madrid giants to a record tenth title (La Decima), when they saw off the challenge of the very same opponents with a 4-1 extra-time victory at Estadio da Luz in Lisbon in 2014.