Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi can smell fear – Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng has revealed that the best attackers can smell fear in a defender, including Lionel Messi & Cristiano Ronaldo.
Boateng, in a piece for The Players Tribune, wrote that Messi and Ronaldo were both exceptionally fast and hard to defend.
“With Ronaldo or Messi, whatever option you choose is difficult if they come at you with open space. They’re just so fast,” he wrote.
“Neymar and Messi are low to the ground and can turn quickly, so it’s difficult for defenders like me, who are tall centre-backs.
“Ronaldo, he’s got the height, but he’s also got incredible speed, strength and a good header. You can’t be lazy or caught on your heels with those players, because they will win and they will score,” he continued. “They are just too good for you to make even a little mistake. More than speed or technique though, as a defender you need confidence.
“Ronaldo, Messi, Suarez, Neymar – they can all smell if you’re afraid to duel with them. One whiff and then they destroy you. So you gotta show up.”