Ruben Dias reveals first impressions of Cristiano Ronaldo

Manchester City and Portugal defender Ruben Dias has revealed he could not assist however be impressed by Cristiano Ronaldo after they first met at Portugal coaching.

The 25-year-old, who additionally admitted that nothing may put together him for the sensation of that includes in his first World Cup, is now starring alongside Ronaldo because the Selecao bid to place the frustration of the 2018 version behind them.

Dias had only one cap to his identify when he was included within the travelling squad in 2018, however he did not made it off the bench after selecting up an harm and Portugal fell to Uruguay within the final 16.

As a part of a squad rejuvenation, Dias was made a everlasting starter for Portugal instantly after that event and he heads to Qatar this winter as one of many sport’s greatest centre-backs.

Before his first outing in opposition to Ghana on Thursday, Dias admitted the sensation of watching on in 2018 is nothing like truly taking part in on the largest stage within the worldwide scene.

“It will certainly be a particular second,” he informed CNN.

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“I had the prospect of being within the 2018 World Cup in Russia. And I positively felt a special perspective as a result of it’s one factor to look at it from the surface, you know the way massive it’s, however then to truly dwell it and be there, it’s simply one thing else.

“As a participant, it’s most likely the largest [trophy] you may obtain. It’s unfair to place it into phrases, to be sincere, the sensation you should have after you’ve carried out it.”

Dias additionally mirrored on his first coaching session with Cristiano Ronaldo, who he admitted left him impressed along with his work ethic.

“The first day I met [Ronaldo], truly skilled with him, he had simply gained the Champions League,” Dias mentioned.

“I nonetheless do not forget that day and we had been training in regular follow. And then you definately simply see why he was the place he was. You know, the way in which he did the whole lot, each single factor, the element, the dedication.”

Cristiano Ronaldo, Ruben Dias

Cristiano Ronaldo and Ruben Dias collectively on the 2022 World Cup / Clive Brunskill/GettyImages

He added: “Football for me is the whole lot. It’s life. It’s happiness. It’s coping with the whole lot from being great to being the worst factor on this planet, coping with every kind of feelings.

“It’s getting ready my future, it’s getting ready someday to have a household. It’s turning into a greater man myself. Like many different professions as effectively however for me, soccer is an enormous instance of life as a result of you might have all of it in soccer.”

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