Coentrao is happy to play again after a career break and played a little football towards the end of his time at Real Madrid, the club he considers the best in the world.

“Real Madrid is the best club in the world”

Fabio Coentrao plays football again and is doing so for Rio Ave, the team he went through a youth academy many years ago before starting a career at other Portuguese clubs and in Spain and France. He is happy to play again after a career break and played a little football towards the end of his time at Real Madrid, the club he considers the best in the world. “I had to go to other clubs to show my work. And then I arrived at Real Madrid, the best club in the world,” he said in an interview, as he looked back at his career. But that is not for everyone. I was there for seven years, with a contract that was renewed in the middle of that time. I won 15 or more titles there. It speaks for itself, and it is a matter of pride.”

Coentrao has had various Portuguese teammates at Real Madrid, including Cristiano Ronaldo. He also spoke about No.7 and his work ethic in an interview. “I often wish other people had the opportunity to work with him to get a close look at who he is,” the left-back said of Ronaldo. “He is a monster, a great friend and a great person. He was born with a natural talent and worked very hard to become the best in the world”. Finally, the 32-year-old reflected on his move to Rio Ave and what stage he is on in his career.

 

“I only think about working every day, knowing that it’s not easy after such a long break, my family is proud of my career. When I was 13, my parents had to emigrate, and I was alone. Rio Ave helped me a lot at that time because I was just a little boy,” he said.