EPL: What I learned from ‘fat’ Ronaldo – Aubameyang

Chelsea striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has revealed what he learned from Brazilian legend Ronaldo.

The Gabon international is preparing with Chelsea to face former club AC Milan in the Champions League this week.

The former Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund star recalled learning from Ronaldo in Italy.

He said he learned from the former Brazil international, although the South American was already ‘a bit fat’ at that stage.

Aubameyang was at AC Milan as a young player from 2007-11 and did not play for the senior team at San Siro as he spent time on loan before moving permanently to Saint-Etienne.

The Gabon international spent some time alongside a string of greats at Milan, including Ronaldo, who was about to retire from football.

“I know Milan well,” said Aubameyang ahead of Chelsea hosting the Italians on Wednesday.

“At that time, the team was really strong, to tell the truth. Ronaldo, [Paolo] Maldini, [Alessandro] Nesta… I was very young.

“That is why I chose to go on loan for a few years. I was just trying to improve and looking at [Ronaldo] to learn as much as I could.

“To tell the truth, he was a bit fat by then! But he was still the best. I will always remember when Carlo Ancelotti had a go at him about his fitness, he said, ‘What do you want me to do, run or score goals?’ Ancelotti said, ‘score goals’, and the next game Ronaldo scored twice!

“It that is part of the character and as a striker, you need that because you have to be strong mentally.”

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