Source: edited from goal.com
With a staggering 22 goals in 25 games from midfield already this season, Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo has publicly praised his slightly less glamorous team-mate Carlos Tevez as a complete package in his own right.
Tevez was signed from West Ham just before the beginning of this season on a two-year loan deal, with an option to make the move permanent, supposedly for a fee in the region of 30 million euros.
Tevez, still fighting for full fitness at the start of the season, was criticized at the start of the season after being forced on in the absence of Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo.
He bore much of the criticism for the Red Devils' slow start to the season, and struggled to settle in at Old Trafford.
However, he has since come into his own, and despite Rooney and Ronaldo grabbing more headlines, few are in doubt of Tevez's incredible impact on the attacking dynamic, as the Argentine proves integral in United's swift flowing moves that are so easy on the eye.
Ronaldo has duly praised the ex-Corinthians forward for his all-round contribution to the team.
â€œHe is fast, aggressive, passes the ball well, he makes things happen and scores goals," he said.
â€œI call him a complete player. It's incredible the speed with which he has adapted to our team and his progress on the field can be seen by everybody.
â€œHe is a key player for this Manchester United team and we hope he carries on in the same way.â€
As well as his abilities, Ronaldo has hailed Tevez's attitude, and camaraderie with the United players and fans, as he without doubt currently looks the most at home at Old Trafford of the four summer signings.
â€œHe is calm, very reserved," began Ronaldo. â€œHe is a good friend but most important is what he does on the pitch for our team.â€
Noticed when discussing players in the forum, we have the usual wow-factor 2 Rs, the should-they-stay-or-should-they-go fringe players etc but there is hardly any accolade about Tevez. Maybe not as flamboyant as the 2 Rs, but surely worth his salt, as duly recognised by Ronaldo himself....