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The former Blancos hero has saluted the efforts and performances of the Portugal captain this summer, claiming that the attacker is 'the complete player'

Alfredo Di Stefano has poured praise on Cristiano Ronaldo, who he feels is enjoying a "fantastic" Euro 2012 campaign with Portugal.

The Seleccao talisman looked decidedly off the boil in the Iberian nation’s first two games of the tournament, but has since scored three goals in two games to fire Paulo Bento’s men into the semi finals.

RONALDO NEAR PERFECT
Victor Vago | Portugal Expert

Di Stefano is right. Ronaldo is the complete player. He can be a bit of a prima donna at times, and could play a bit more for the team, but he's as near perfect as it comes. Di Stefano is obviously looking at it from a Real Madrid point of view, but I believe that a good Euro 2012 will increase Ronaldo’s chances of winning the Ballon d'Or.
Reflecting on the winger's performances in Poland and Ukraine, the 85-year-old is delighted to see Ronaldo excel in Poland and Ukraine, but also reserved credit for his fellow Blancos compatriots.

"I have not seen all the Euro 2012 matches but Cristiano Ronaldo is having a fantastic competition,” Di Stefano told Portuguese newspaper Diario de Noticias.

"He stood out with a great goal against Czech Republic. He is a very complete player, a forward who is there to score goals.

"Pepe and [Fabio] Coentrao are also having great competitions. Pepe is a phenomenal player."

Ronaldo’s chances of wrestling the Ballon d’Or crown away from Barcelona’s Lionel Messi are set to be increased after a strong tournament, and Di Stefano has backed him for the accolade.

"Messi and Cristiano are two of the world’s best players, but I want the best in the world to be recognised as a Real Madrid player," Di Stefano concluded.

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