Sundowns' Wayne Arendse relishing competing at Club World Cup alongside Cristiano Ronaldo
Posted: 9 December 2016 Time: 08:37
Mamelodi Sundowns defender Wayne Arendse says playing at the FIFA Club World Cup alongside the likes of Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo will be the highlight of his career.
The 32-year-old joined Sundowns from Santos in 2012, and initially struggled for game-time at Chloorkop.
However, Arendse has since established himself as a key member of the Brazilians, helping the Tshwane giants claim numerous honours such as the league title and CAF Champions League crown.
Downs are currently in Osaka, Japan preparing for their CWC opener against hosts Kashima Antlers at the Suita City Stadium on Sunday (12h30 kick-off SA time).
"To be honest with you, I never thought I’d be here in Japan or even winning the Champions League. When I wasn’t playing regularly, my mind was only focused on making the team and contributing to its success," Arendse told his club's website.
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"I was working very hard and consistently put my hand up until coach [Pitso] Mosimane noticed me. Evidently it has all paid off as today I’m here, I’ve won the league, cups and Champions League and today I’m playing in the same tournament as Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo. This is the highlight of my career playing in the world cup and I just want to make the best of it."