The Al-Nassr superstar made some bold claims about the Saudi Pro League right after the Argentine’s arrival in the United States.
Cristiano Ronaldo is arguably one of the greatest footballers of all time. He won everything there is to win as a club at Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus, as well as a European Championship under the colors of Portugal, while breaking almost every goalscoring record in the books.
After winning his fifth and almost certainly last Ballon d’Or in 2017, Ronaldo told France Football: « I’m the best player in history, in good times and bad. I respect everyone’s preferences, but I’ve never seen anyone better than me. I’ve always thought so. No footballer can do what I do. There’s no player more complete than me. »
But that’s not the statement of a man who feels sure of his status in football. If Ronaldo really was number one, he wouldn’t need to be reminded of that every time he’s in front of a camera.
Lionel Messi never had this desire, because he always let his feet do the talking. The FC Barcelona legend has two more Ballon d’Ors than Ronaldo, and is on course to lift an eighth trophy at the 2023 ceremony, after leading Argentina to victory at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Ronaldo and Portugal failed to win the competition, which likely prompted him to sign a lucrative contract with Saudi Arabia. Accepting a contract at Al-Nassr to become the highest-paid player in history was the only way for him to steal the spotlight from Messi.
But the surprise effect of the transfer did not last long. Ronaldo failed to lead Al-Nassr to the Saudi Arabian league title last season, and his performances left little confidence that he was still capable of playing at the top level.
Today, Messi returns to the front of the stage. After two disappointing years at Paris Saint-Germain, the small striker has decided to take up a new challenge in MLS with Inter Miami.
Predictably, Ronaldo spoke out on the subject. But the 38-year-old’s latest comments only confirm his ‘has-been’ status which is desperately trying to stay relevant.
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