Antonio Rüdiger (28) from Chelsea has before the first leg of the Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid (Tuesday, 9 p.m. live on DAZN) reveal which real legend was his role model.
Rüdiger had also impressed Real’s current coach Zinedine Zidane (“his football was something special, it was art”), but his great role model was the Brazilian Ronaldo.
“Ronaldo was spectacular, I loved the way he played, he had everything. It’s a shame about the injuries,” said Rüdiger der Marca. The Chelsea defender started out as a striker himself in his youth before sliding further and further back. If he had to name a defender as Voribld, it would be Paolo Maldini.
But with all the admiration for Real Madrid’s individual players like Ronaldo or Zidane: “None of these things affect me when the referee blows the whistle.”
Rüdiger thinks his team has a good chance of reaching the final: “We didn’t start well at all. Now we’re playing at a high level, defending very well, pressing as a unit, working hard, and then we have quality players. That’s why we win a lot of games . It is very difficult to play against us. “