Ronaldo is Serie A’s top goalscorer this season having plundered 19 times in 24 outings. The Portuguese icon was brought in over the summer to help guide the Bianconeri to the coveted title, but that form hasn’t quite translated into Europe this season.
The 34-year-old has scored only once in his five group stage fixtures but will hope to make an impact during the two-legged last-16 tie with Atletico Madrid. And speaking to AS.com, Bonucci was full of praise for the forward.
“If someone like Cristiano arrives at the club, then inevitably you will improve,” he said of Ronaldo’s move from Real Madrid.
“Our clear ambition is to win the Champions League this season and that’s something we don’t hide from.
“His intensity and his straightforward manner of playing. He’s the first one to support the rest of the team with positive words.
“His manner of training is incredible, every day after training you’ll find him doing extra session in the club gymnasium.
“There are times when his levels of stamina are simply staggering. He’s a machine and I have great admiration for him.”
Bonucci revealed he actually had the opportunity to join Los Blancos last year before re-signing with Juve from AC Milan.
“I was expecting that question… Yes, it’s true, Madrid were after me and to be honest it’s an honour to have been linked with them,” he said.
“However, the call from Juventus and the desire to return home with my heart being black and white was too strong.”
Paulo Dybala ended a run of 10 games in all competitions without after scoring a sensational goal in the 3-0 win over Frosinone on Friday.
The Argentine forward has been linked with a move away from the Juventus Stadium, but Bonucci insists the 25-year-old is only getting better.
“I genuinely see Paulo doing well and maturing all the time,” the defender added.
“He’s not overly troubled about not scoring so many goals and is working hard for the team. He’s growing and we need to remember that he is still young. “
The Serie A leaders travel to play Atletico Madrid in the last-16 of the Champions League on Tuesday evening.
Juventus have lifted the European Cup twice, although not since 1996 and have lost two finals since, in 2015 and 2017.
Speaking to UEFA.com, Dybala was full of praise for coach Allegri despite a reported disagreement between the pair following an incident after a 3-3 draw against Parma in Serie A on February 2.
The Argentinian forward said: “I have learnt a great deal form him, particularly in terms of the way we work, how to be a model professional and being fully focused during training so that you know what to expect during games.
“Right from the first day that I arrived here, he’s always given be the freedom to go out, perform and play where I wanted to.
“I think that trust is very important and it’s a really good feeling when a player feels they’re part of what such a big club is trying to achieve.”
Dybala admitted he compares current team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo to Argentinian forward Lionel Messi, having played with both.
He said: “I compare him (Ronaldo) to Leo Messi, because everyone else does, and I think that they’re two exceptional players.
“You learn a great deal from players and people like them, both on and off the field.”
On Ronaldo, he added: “(He) is a laid-back and normal guy, like the rest of us. That helps make you feel comfortable when you’re in the presence of such a player.”
Juve have finished as runners-up in the Champions League a record seven times, and Dybala wants to see his team change that record.
The 25-year-old believes the Bianconeri have shown their potential in the competition and their ability to challenge for the title.
“We’ve got a great squad with some top professionals, who have gained a lot of experience over the course of these years,” he added.
“We’re clearly contenders, but we have to go out there and prove it.”
Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri believes his side are in fine fettle heading into a crucial stage of the season.
The Bianconeri cruised to a 3-0 home win against Frosinone on Friday night courtesy of goals from Paulo Dybala, Leonardo Bonucci and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Juve extended their unbeaten Serie A run this season to 24 matches and hold a 14-point lead over nearest challengers Napoli, who play Torino on Sunday.
Their latest win was also the ideal warm-up for the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie against Atletico Madrid in Spain next Wednesday.
“Yes, we are in a good condition,” Allegri told a post-match press conference.
“Apart from the setback against Parma we are doing well, and we are at a particularly important moment. The team’s effort has been good and it has been from the individuals.”
Dybala silenced his critics by ending a 10-game goal drought in spectacular fashion, firing into the top corner from outside the penalty area in the sixth minute.
“I’m happy for him,” Allegri said. “He had a great performance and scored a great goal. The attackers live for this.
“Juventus needs a player like him, who is good on the lines. This year the development of the game makes him find less space to score, but he is continuing to play very well.”
Allegri is keen to return from Madrid next week with an away goal.
“Let’s go to Madrid to score,” he added. “Obviously it will be a different game, but we are fine. The important thing is that the challenge is approached with the right attention.”