Madrid: Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has described Cristiano Ronaldo as a "phenomenon" and a cut above anything he has ever previously worked with.
The new Blancos coach, who arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu from Paris Saint-Germain earlier this summer, was speaking ahead of his side`s Guinness International Champions Cup campaign.
And when quizzed on the credentials of the Portuguese, Ancelotti was more than glowing in his appraisal of the 28-year-old.
"I`ve trained tons of talented players," Ancelotti said. "But Ronaldo is a phenomenon. He has an incredible talent, physical quality, and I`m extremely happy to be able to coach him.
"He`s very professional, and I`m convinced he`s going to have a great season."
Ronaldo finished second in the Liga scoring charts last season, netting 34 goals in 34 matches. Only Ballon d`Or winner Lionel Messi scored more, tallying 46 times.
Real Madrid kick off their involvement in the ICC with a match against the LA Galaxy at University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona on Aug 1 and face Paris Saint-Germain in a friendly in Sweden on Sunday.