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“When you get something so easily, you're not gonna work as hard.” — Michael Jordan and Cristiano Ronaldo agree kids have it too easy

The mindset and hunger MJ and CR7 showed in their answers is the difference between very good and great.
NBA great Michael Jordan and Cristiano Ronaldo

Michael Jordan and Cristiano Ronaldo

No.23 and No.7 are two of the most iconic numbers in the world of sports, the former because of the great Michael Jordan and the latter because of the touted legend of soccer in this era, the mighty Cristiano Ronaldo. They might play different sports altogether, but the immense aura and respect that these two athletes carry with them are paramount. And now it is pretty evident that great minds think alike.

MJ voiced his opinion about the young ones

Michael Jordan, arguably the greatest player ever to have graced the surface of a basketball court, said in 2005 when he was asked about the young generation of players stepping into the big leagues. 

"Most of the young kids right now, we don't know how great they're gonna be. But they got 5-year guarantees, millions of dollars, admiration of many. You look back at our era, Michael Jordans, Magic Johnsons, Larry Birds, Charles Barkleys, we earned what we got. We had a game that could validate their admiration. Now they get that before they play one game. I think it sets a bad work ethic. When you get something so easily, you're not gonna work as hard."

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Michael was concerned that the young players tend to get everything easily nowadays, which deteriorates their working ethic because there are no goals to push for. 

And this comment came as an indirect swipe towards LeBron, claiming that they get things handed over by these huge endorsement deals way too early in their career, which ultimately threatens to jeopardize a young player's working ethics.

Another great shares the same opinion.

The opinion of Jordan resonated in many of our minds when the second-best player of his era, Cristiano Ronaldo, shared the same opinion enunciated by MJ back in 2005. CR7 replied to the interviewer's question asking him to comment on the young generation and their working values. 

"They live in a different era. The mentalities are not the same... The anger, I think they have things more easily, everything is easily, they don't suffer. And they don't care. I don't mean only Manchester United, all the leagues, all the youngsters, they are not the same of my generation. But you cannot blame them. Because it's part of the life, the new generation."

One can see where these opinions would be coming from, given that Ronaldo's time at Manchester United has been awful for being outspoken and honest with his opinions. But he added that the problem wasn't with the young players in the United academy itself but with other youngsters playing any game, irrespective of their background, globally.

Mindful intake for the youngsters

The youngsters can definitely perceive them as wise words coming off from two great sports personalities who think on a similar wavelength. There are many positive parallels that should be drawn from these two interviews as these players lifted themselves from the face of many adversities and became the superstars that they are today just by staying true to their working ethic and their insatiable hunger for greatness. 

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