Mark Clattenburg listed all along with his career the best stars he has refereed. When taking charge of the Top League and Champions League matches, the English official came across some of the biggest names in the game.”The one thing I especially admired was Ronaldos’ ability to lift his level when the team was down,” Clattenburg told The Daily Mail.
Mark Clattenburg got on with Ronaldo very well. Ronaldo wanted to catch Mark Clattenburg to give him a hug when he went up the stairs to get his medal after the final Euro 2016-that’s the amount of love they had. But Mark Clattenburg never treated Ronaldo differently than any other player so he assumes that’s why they’ve had a nice relationship.
“After one game, my locker room was delivered with a jersey and signed: ‘To Mark, best wishes, Cristiano Ronaldo.’ I hadn’t asked for it. It was such a beautiful gesture.”I was shocked when I first mentioned Messi, honestly “he said.
It was Barcelona vs Paris Saint-Germain and, being so close, Mark recalls thinking: ‘Oh my God, this is amazing.’ He was so qualified that rivals tried to stop him in many ways, often by fouling him with his foot, often with his upper body.” “My first game with Suarez was for Ajax and he scored four,” Clattenburg said.
After returning home, Mark said to his friends, ‘What a man, he’s amazing.'” I was excited when Liverpool signed because I knew what a great Premier League man was getting. He was working on the edge and you had to manage it.” “He would also give you the Spanish verbals,” he added
But Mark feels that he would have spoken all over the place, because he recognized the words of swear, and he would send him back one or two. He said “That would give him a surprise!”
Clattenburg has also confirmed Vincent Kompany and Gary Speed as the other great players he has the privilege of working with.