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‘He is not even in the top five’: Cristiano Ronaldo’s status as one of world’s greatest questioned

‘He is not even in the top five’: Cristiano Ronaldo’s status as one of world’s greatest questioned

Cristiano Ronaldo the GOAT?

For at least the last decade now we have seen countless debates over who is the world’s greatest player, Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi.

For a large number of people, that honour goes to Lionel Messi. But for some, they still believe Ronaldo is the greatest.

And whilst that can be debated, what probably can’t be is that Ronaldo is one of the greatest players of all time.

CR7 has won the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, four Champions Leagues, is the top goal-scorer in international history – even if he did score a lot of goals against poor teams. He has also won the European Championship and Nations League with Portugal and has earned an impressive five Ballon d’Ors, a total only bested by Lionel Messi at present.

‘He is not even in the top five’: Cristiano Ronaldo’s status as one of world’s greatest questioned

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 29: Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United celebrates their side’s victory after the UEFA Champions League group F match between Manchester United and Villarreal CF at Old Trafford on September 29, 2021 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Ronaldo’s status as one of world’s best questioned

So, even if you do not consider Ronaldo to be the GOAT, he has to be in the conversation, right?

Well, one man who certainly does not believe so is former player, Antonio Cassano.

The Italian, when speaking about Ronaldo recently, suggested that the current Manchester United star is not even in the top five best players of all time.

Cassano instead opted to name Lionel Messi, Pele, Diego Maradona, Johan Cruyff and the Brazilian Ronaldo as five players better than the Portuguese Ronaldo:

“Is Cristiano Ronaldo the best in the history of football? He is not even in the top five.

“For me, [Lionel] Messi, Pele, [Diego] Maradona, [Johan] Cruyff and Ronaldo [Nazario] are on another level.”

Quotes via the Mirror.

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This article was edited by Ben Browning.

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