SuperSport United defender Michael Boxall has spoken about how excited he is to come up against Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.
Boxall is set to take on the four-time Ballon d'Or winner while playing for his home country, New Zealand, against Portugal at the tournament in Russia.
Speaking to Soccer Laduma in an exclusive interview, the SuperSport United defender heaped praise on the reigning European champions' captain, saying how excited he is to share the pitch with him.
"Ronaldo is obviously in a class of his own and getting the opportunity to play against one of the greatest players football has ever seen will be quite cool," he explained.
The right back, who is likely to meet Ronaldo in one-on-one battles while the Portuguese ace marauds down the left wing, also spoke about how difficult a task it will be for him to keep the Los Blancos talisman at bay.
"Week in, week out, you see him school world-class defenders, so I will definitely have my hands full," Boxall continued.
"With world-class players like that, there won't be a single way to defend them that they won't figure out the next time, so you have to adapt and be super-switched on every second."
You can read the whole interview with Boxall, during which he also talks about his national teammate Jeremy Brockie's snub for the Confederations Cup and how African teams can perform at international tournaments, in this week's edition of Soccer Laduma, issue 1027.