Super-Agent Jorge Mendes has given an interview with Brazilian media group GlobeoEsporte, in which he’s extolled his primary client Cristiano Ronaldo as the greatest player to ever play the game.
Hailing the virtues of his prime assets is Mendes’ job, but he lays it on pretty thick when he says:
‘Cristiano is the greatest ever. t’ll be impossible for anyone to emulate him in the future. There’s just such a gulf between him and second best.”
Just who that ‘second best’ player is, he doesn’t specify…
Asked whether they should retire the Number 7 shirt when Ronaldo finishes at Real, Mendes’ reply wasn’t surprising:
I think they should. I respect great players like Raúl and Di Stefano, but none of them compare to Cristiano Ronaldo.
“Cristiano Ronaldo kicked off Real Madrid’s transformation. Five or six years ago, the team were not as good as they are now. They weren’t Barcelona, whom everybody considered the greatest team ever”,
On Ronaldo’s future and the decreasing speculation linking him with a return to Manchester United, Mendes was unequivocal:
‘He’ll stay at Real Madrid for a long time because he is still very keen to win more trophies with the club”.