Manchester United ace Bruno Fernandes believes his club and international teammate Cristiano Ronaldo “is not failing”.
And Fernandes, 27, believes the Portuguese skipper, 36, wants to do more in his career – despite his years of progress.
Asked about Ronaldo’s desire to break more records, Fernandes told TNT Sports: “[It’s] the same. [He’s] hungry to break more.
“He once said something very interesting. He said he’s not the one who follows the records, it’s the records that follow him.
“And I’m starting to think that’s true. Because his ability to score goals is impressive, his ability to be in the right place is impressive.”
Ronaldo has won numerous trophies and broken an incredible number of records during his illustrious career.
The striker is the all-time top scorer for Real Madrid (45), in the Champions League (136) and in men’s international football (115).
Ronaldo’s trophies include seven league titles, six major national cup competitions, five Champions League titles and Euro 2016.
And the five-time Ballon d’Or has received several individual distinctions, including four European Golden Shoes.
Fernandes added: “Say what you want. Easy goals, not easy goals. There are no easy goals.
“You have to be there, you have to feel it, you have to have a sense of the goal. He’s in the right place and marks it.
“Even being in the right place it’s hard to score. There are those who fail, he doesn’t fail.”
Fernandes and Ronaldo have been international teammates since the former made his senior debut in Portugal four years ago.
But they also became club colleagues when the latter joined United on deadline day.
The Red Devils haven’t been convincing in recent weeks, winning just two of their last six games in all competitions.
United’s form have left them 14 points in their first seven Premier League appearances, two behind leaders Chelsea.
And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side face a nightmarish race, facing Leicester, Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester City and Atalanta twice in their next six matches.
But Fernandes thinks they can do better, telling the club’s website earlier this month: “[It’s] not good enough, of course.
“We should have more points, we could have more points. That’s what we have. Now we have to look forward to what we can do by the end of the season.
“We still have a lot of games to go, we haven’t lost anything and we have to keep fighting for everything.”