According to Gabriel Agbonlahor, Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could learn from Cristiano Ronaldo by sacrificing his pace for better positioning.
It’s evident that the reason why Cristiano Ronaldo has been able to stay at the top of the game for more than a decade is not just because of his extraordinary talent nor his strong determination and hunger for success, but his ability to adapt and evolve his game.
During his days at Manchester United, Ronaldo was one of the most exciting stars to watch with his tricks and flicks. He was just a flash, full of pace and direct runs on opposition defenders.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was still humiliating defenders during his time at Real Madrid. However, he did it in another way, by finding the back of the net at will. Ronaldo reduced the rate at which he makes runs or take on defenders and became more of a goal poacher, concentrating his energy more on converting chances no matter how tight they are.
Now at Juventus, Cristiano Ronaldo has almost totally restricted his movements to the final third of the pitch. Thus, having more energy to take goalscoring chances anytime they come his way.
The manner at which Cristiano Ronaldo adapts his playing style with the knowledge of the physical limitations of his body due to age has wonderfully paid off for him. He has kept on proving himself as one of the best players in the world up to today when he’s aged 35 years.
Agbonlahor is now tipping Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who is approaching the period of decline in his career, to follow in the steps of Ronaldo to stay on top of his game and remain a threat to opposition defenders.
“Aubameyang, people might disagree with me, but he’s the best striker in the Premier League for me, the way he plays,” said Gabriel Agbonlahor as quotes by Express.
“Aubameyang, even if he loses a yard [of pace], he’s still going to be the best striker in the Premier League. He’s still going to be quicker than every defender, and he’s a goalscorer.”
He then suggests that he can get more goals if he adapt his play like that of Cristiano Ronaldo.
“We see Ronaldo’s pace, he’s not as fast as he used to be, but he’s changed the way he plays. [Ronaldo’s] a goalscorer now and Aubameyang might be that in two years’ time.”
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