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I will tell my kids I played with Ronaldo, says Juventus forward Morata

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The Portuguese star has scored 19 goals in 18 outings this season and has been praised by his teammate

Alvaro Morata rates “the incredible” Cristiano Ronaldo as one of the best players of all time and intends to tell his children that he played alongside the Juventus forward.

Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo has scored 19 goals in 18 games in his third season with Serie A champions Juve.

Morata returned to Atletico Madrid’s Allianz Stadium on a first loan deal last September and has registered four goals and five assists in 12 league appearances.

The duo also spent time together at Real Madrid and Morata said it was a pleasure to reunite with the Portugal captain.

“It’s easy to play with him,” he said. Sky Sport Italia. “I’ve known him for some time. There are times when a normal person doesn’t score, he scores.

“In Parma, I gave him a help that only he could see and understand. I understand his movements and what he likes to do.

“I often take his men on the move, and I think it helps that he doesn’t always have two or three players around him. It’s a pleasure to play with him.

“He is still one of the best in football history. He’s awesome, has incredible quality, and he can play anywhere he wants, whether it’s as a number nine, 10 or 11.

“I can only enjoy it every day, and I hope to support it for a long time to come.

“It’s a source of pride for me. I grew up watching him and when I got here I thought about playing with him and [Paulo] Dybala delighted me.

“They are players of a higher level. We have a great relationship even off the pitch. I will tell my children that I have played with them. ”

Juventus will travel to second-placed Inter on Sunday with the aim of closing a four-point gap to their opponents, on whom they have a game in hand.

As well as facing two Italian giants, it will also be a clash between the two best Serie A scorers this season – Ronaldo (15) and Romelu Lukaku (12).

The 27 goals the pair have scored between them is more than 12 Serie A clubs have scored in total this season.

Morata is eager to take on Lukaku and hopes to swap shirts with the prolific forward after the game at San Siro.

“Romelu is one of the best strikers in the world, he’s complete,” said the Spaniard. “He’s also a great person, someone I love to see play.

“At the end of the match, I will ask him for the jersey as a souvenir. We will try to stop him in the field, although it will be difficult.

“Lautaro [Martinez] is a more versatile player, but Lukaku does things where you can’t stop him. “

The Derby d’Italia shock on Sunday will be the 175th in Serie A history, with Juve’s 84 wins in this game the most for a team against a single opponent in the Italian top flight.