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The former Real Madrid, Chelsea coach names the best player he has worked with

Having coached some of the biggest clubs in the world, Paul Clement knows a thing or two about working with world-class talent.

The 52-year-old Englishman recently became Everton's assistant following unsuccessful spells in charge of the likes of Cercle Brugge, Swansea and Reading.

However, Clement is best known for his work under Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid, Chelsea, PSG and Bayern Munich, helping Italy lift numerous league and cup titles, as well as the 2013/14 Champions League.

Honoring Paul Clement as an assistant coach

  • Chelsea: Premier League x1, FA Cup x1, Community Shield x1
  • PSG: League 1 x1
  • Real Madrid: Copa del Rey x1, Champions League x1, UEFA Super Cup x1, FIFA Club World Cup x1
  • Bayern Munich: DFL-Supercup x1

Clement has worked with some amazing players during his career, but one name stands out above them all.

“I have worked with top players in different clubs, Chelsea, PSG, Bayern and Real Madrid. And there is a group of players – I think the list is too long to list – but at Chelsea (John Terry), (Frank Lampard), Ashley Cole, (Didier) Drogba – outstanding players,” Clement told talkSPORT.

He continued: “You go to PSG and Zlatan (Ibrahimovic) is there, (David) Beckham, Thiago Silva – top players.

“Bayern was full of incredible talent. (Arjen) Robben, (Franck) Ribery (Robert) Lewandowski, (Thomas) Muller, (Philipp) Lahm, (Manuel) Neuer – they had a great team at that time.

Then Madrid, (Gareth) Bale, (Karim) Benzema, (Sergio) Ramos, (Luka) Modric, Toni Kroos – many good players!

“But what stands out is this Cristiano Ronaldo.”

Ronaldo has given Real Madrid a 'start' in every game, says Clement

Clement revealed the main reason why Ronaldo surpasses any other player he coaches is the Portuguese player's willingness to 'dedicate himself' and do whatever it takes to be at the highest level.

Ronaldo has been so good that Clement believes he has given Real Madrid a milestone in almost every game.

“Every game was like starting 1-0 or 2-0,” he explained. “I mean he was consistent with his scoring. In the first season he scored 51… 51! It used to be 25, 30 it was good. In the second season he got 60. And he did that years ago under [Jose] Mourinho also got on with it.

“He had an amazing talent. People often ask if you have worked harder than anyone else. No, not really but he managed his life, his career better than anyone else.

“Some of the sacrifices he made, others, his understanding of food and nutrition, recovery – he did that better than anyone else. He really was, very high level on the professional side. “

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