Juventus manager Max Allegri feels Cristiano Ronaldo will be motivated by Lionel Messi’s double against Liverpool in the Champions League.
The Barcelona forward put up a valiant show against Liverpool as his brace put the Catalan giants at the top going to the second leg at the Anfield next week. Ronaldo had his chances in the Champions League but a spirited Ajax proved to be the final nail in the coffin as the Dutch side outclassed the Italian giants.
The 34 year old is expected to be given a start in the Turin derby when Juventus take on Torino in the Serie-A. Messi recently joined the Portuguese superstar in the 600 club and Allegri feels Ronaldo will be desperate to add more to his goal tally.
“It’s a great stimulus for Cristiano.
“Messi’s joined him on 600 goals and we’ve got a derby to come, so he’s going to want to pull ahead again. He also wants to finish the season as [Serie A’s] top-scorer.”
“I don’t know how long they will go on playing, especially not in Messi’s case, but as far as Cristiano’s concerned, I can say that he’s still got some years ahead of him,
“When they retire, it’s going to be hard to find other Messis and Ronaldos.”