Cristiano Ronaldo has spent the majority of his career playing at the highest level in England and Spain – but the Juventus star believes Italy’s Serie A is the hardest league he has played in.
The Portuguese brought an end to his nine-year spell at Real Madrid , where he won two La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues, to join the Italian giants last summer.
Before his Spain spell, he earned legendary status at Manchester United by scoring 118 goals in 292 games – and helping the Old Trafford giants seal three Premier League titles and the Champions League.
Yet Ronaldo, who has 21 goals already this campaign, has been pleasantly surprised by the quality on show in Serie A – and believes despite his success previously, it’s by far the most competitive.
He told Dazn : “I’ve adapted to the Italian League and it’s a difficult League, the most difficult one for me and for all forwards.
“It’s the most difficult league for me, it’s full of quality players. I didn’t expect this much quality in the Italian League, they’re very good.
“It’s harder to score in the Italian League than in the Spanish League.
“The Spanish League is more open, the teams risk more. Here, not so much. Here, the team’s priority is to defend first, and then to attack.
“That’s not true for Spain. Spanish games are more open. Always, with most teams.”
So, having spent nine years in Madrid, does the Portuguese superstar miss his previous home?
He added: “I don’t miss Spain or Portugal, it is what it is. Obviously, I left many friends and a great team behind, a team that made me feel loved, people, friends.
“But I don’t miss the country, I have the same things here. It wasn’t really difficult for me.”