‘It helped me improve and mature’ – De Ligt relishes UCL clash against Ronaldo

Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt spoke to Dutch media about his duel with Cristiano Ronaldo in Champions League.

De Ligt’s winner eliminated Juventus from Champions League in Turin but the Dutch defender claims his opponent Ronaldo ‘helped me improve’.

‘I remember an action, right after the middle break, a long ball over the head of Cristiano Ronaldo. He was to attack and I would have done the same before.’ De Ligt told Voetbal.

‘But this time he had seen the situation around us, and I waited until he headed the ball with his head so that I could make defensive attack to stop him.’

‘Those are the little things that I think I’ve improved and matured in defending’