Former Manchester United striker Louis Saha has heralded praises on his former teammate, Cristiano Ronaldo whom he claim was already showing 'genius' determination and hardwork at just 18 years of age.
Ronaldo Joined Manchester United in the summer of 2003 after transferring from Portuguese side Sporting C.P. The Portuguese then went on to dominate English football, and also won the Balon d'Or before he departed for Real Madrid in 2009.
His former teammate at Manchester United, Zaha has however, stated that the Juventus talisman was always destined for greatness with his talent, determination and hardwork unbelievable for such a young lad.
The Frenchman told MUTV of the 5-time Balon d'Or winner:
"He always improved but I would say that his ways never changed [as a person].
"Throughout his career, you see the same dedication that he had when he was 18, maybe with less confidence as people were challenging him, and he had to prove that he was the best player.
"But to have that type of confidence to train, to work hard and to be consistent, no matter what people say, that was just an amazing skill. It was better than having talent because the way he was able to analyse, at that age, and grow and maintain those qualities – for me, it was genius.
"You ask anybody – working hard when you have that much talent, not everybody does this. You can get complacent or happy with your level and you think you have made it. But he wanted it way more.
"To have the vision to see something way more, when you're already at United, at his age, it's really hard. He managed to do that and that's why I respected him so much."
"Even though he was younger than me, I remember he said to me: 'Louis you need to smile more when you play'. When the kids say that to you, when you're older and have more experience, you say: 'Hang on a minute'. But I realised it was so true.
"During his career, he could be cheeky in the way that he spoke to people, and people just could not understand and got frustrated because they were not in his league. He's so above everybody that, when he speaks normally, it sounds strange for everybody. It's amazing."
"His power and speed… the skills were one thing that are important in a career, but analysing when to do it – the timing and the precision – nobody can do that."