22 Quotes about Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo is undoubtedly one of the best players to grace the football world. No one can deny his presence regardless of which club you are supporting or league you are watching. 

In the last ten years, he broke all the records there is and he received all the awards there is. Perhaps one of the few players to do so.

And the most magnificent names have to say these about Ronaldo.

“When Cristiano Ronaldo gets the ball, you can just leave him to it while he beats player after player.” 

Ryan Giggs

“There have been a few players described as the new George Best over the years, but this is the first time it’s been a compliment to me.”

– George Best

“He has magic in his boots. The first thing you notice about him is that he is incredibly quick and very, very powerful for such a young man. He has great, close control, and his technique is excellent. He believes he can do anything with the ball, and that confidence makes him very special indeed.”

– Eusebio

“He (Ronaldo) is a phenomenon, a number one, a barbarian footballer.”

– Alfredo Di Stefano

“Cristiano is a striker like we’ve never seen before.”

– Sergio Ramos

“After we played Sporting last week, the lads in the dressing room talked about him constantly, and on the plane back from the game they urged me to sign him. That’s how highly they rated him.”

– Sir Alex Ferguson

“We’ve had some great players at this club in my 20 years, but he’s up with the best.”

– Sir Alex Ferguson

“He is the best. The best in the world, yes. Probably the best ever. I saw Maradona a couple of times. I never saw Pele. But Cristiano is amazing. This man is the best. Cristiano is a goal machine. He is an incredible player. He is like Zidane, there will never be another Ronaldo.”

– Jose Mourinho

“It’s a great honour for me to play with him, you just have to pass him the ball, and he does the rest.”

– Marcelo Vieira

“There is no doubt about his quality as a footballer. I think that today  there can be no doubt that Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player in the world, the best scorer and the best forward.”

– Pele

“When you play with Ronaldo on your team, you are already 1-0 up.”

– Zinedine Zidane

“Cristiano is unique for his talent and professionalism – he is also extraordinarily consistent. [He] is an outstanding professional. He’s committed to the team and the club, he doesn’t talk much, but he is a leader.”

– Carlo Ancelotti

“The kid makes you sick. He looks the part; he walks the part–he is the part. He’s six-foot-something, fit as a flea, good-looking – he’s got to have something wrong with him. Hopefully, he’s hung like a hamster! That would make us all feel better!”

– Ian Holloway

“Cristiano is from another galaxy; he knows he’s going to score. He’s different and special.”

– Zinedine Zidane

“Cristiano is part of football heritage. He’s one of those players who, practically on his own, can put a team in a final.”

– Diego Maradona

“There are some things Ronaldo can do with a football that makes me touch my head and wonder how on earth he did it.”

– Luis Figo

“He (Ronaldo) does things I have never seen from any other player, and it really is marvellous to watch. It takes a great player to grab the bull by the horns and make things happen, but he has done it repeatedly.”

– Sir Bobby Charlton

“Cristiano Ronaldo is better than George Best and Denis Law, who were two brilliant and great players in the history of United.”

– Johan Cruyff

“(Ronaldo) is always there scoring goals in all the games and taking part in his club and [the] national side. He has been doing that for many years and whether he is at his peak or a bit below it makes no difference.”

– Lionel Messi

“[He’s] a world star in soccer like Michael Jordan was in basketball. They have both been blessed with a genius that has never been seen before.”

– Carlos Queiroz

“He makes the most difficult plays look easy.”

–  Henrik Larsson

 

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Football Legends Weighed In: Messi is better than Ronaldo

The perennial question remains: Which is the better football player: Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo? Messi and Ronaldo have their fair share of successes, failures, and trials throughout their football career. And the stats can only say so much.

But it’s a different scenario when the football legends themselves are the ones picking who they think is the better player between the two football superstars. From all sides of the field, though, it’s clear who they are rooting for.

1) David Beckham, a football superstar

When asked about what he thinks of the players’ performance, Beckham said, “While Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are both better than the rest, Ronaldo does not reach the level of Messi.” Beckham also said that “They have similarities in their technical skills and talent, and it is amazing for football to have them both present, but Messi is simply the best player in the world.”

2) Steven Gerrard, one of the greatest midfielders

Comparing Messi and Ronaldo, Gerrard said that, “I think they’re both operating on a different planet to every footballer that’s ever lived… But Messi for me is more of a team player. If he’s in on goal, he’ll look for a pass, as well as posting good numbers individually as well.”

3) Pep Guardiola, one of the greatest managers of all-time

Guardiola was asked to comment and has this to say: “Messi is the best, he is the best. He knows how to play, score and make the other players play. He is always there. With all the respect to all the players, first to Cristiano Ronaldo—congratulations to him for the award—I think Messi is on another level.”

4) Jose Mourinho, one of the most successful managers of all-time

Mourinho once said that “For me, the top three players in history are Messi, Pele, and Maradona.” He said this via Express. However, he also said in 2013 that “I saw Maradona a couple of times. I never saw Pele. But Cristiano is amazing. This man is the best.” He made the remarks after Ronaldo won the Ballon d’Or.

5) Diego Simeone, a legendary figure in Atlético Madrid’s history

Simeone noted that Messi performs best when surrounded by top football players. He also said, “If I had to choose between Messi and Ronaldo, then most likely I would choose Messi.”

6) Pele, one of the greatest football players of all-time

Pele, who scored more than 1,000 goals, would always choose Messi, saying “I would still stay with Messi. Scoring is important, no doubt, but if you do not have anyone to prepare, then the ball is not enough. For my team I prefer Messi. As for Cristiano Ronaldo, he’s a great goal scorer.”

Messi seems to be a favourite among the legends that even Beckham would want to sign either one of them. Beckham also said that “if you look at the way Leo and Cristiano are still playing, even at what you might think is the later stage of their careers, I don’t see it ending for them.”

 

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Pogba ‘Sees His Future Elsewhere’ Despite the Push for Captaincy

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed he considers Paul Pogba, the Frenchman midfielder, as Mancher United’s next captain despite him being vocal about leaving this summer. Mino Raiola, Pogba’s agent, further along, is also keen on resolving his ward’s future who only wants “a new challenge somewhere else.’

Pogba is one of United’s key players this past season, providing an assist beginning the pre-season to a 2-0 victory against Perth Glory at the Optus Stadium in Australia. Pogba entered half-time while James Garner and Marcus Rashford scored the goals.

While he impressed, it was his first performance for the club since he publicly declared his desire to pursue either Juventus or Real Madrid last month. According to him, “there is no need to talk.”

While Real Madrid is equally vocal about its interest in buying him, both clubs are yet to put forward a formal bid. Scepticism grew whether either would bid for Pogba. Manchester United’s valuation of Pogba is more than £160 million.

Solskjaer, on the other hand, downplayed the idea and insisted that the United is under no pressure to sell. That is the complete opposite of Pogba’s actions as he tries to force his way out of Old Trafford before the transfer window closes on August 8.

United won’t allow Pogba to leave. The club also doubts that a club can meet the said valuation of the 26-year-old midfielder.

Amidst the brewing outgoing, Solskjaer said that the captaincy hasn’t been decided yet and promised to make an announcement when the season starts. The higher-ups still eye possibilities here and there, although the pre-season performance will form part of the assessment.

He also said that Ashley Young would wear the captain’s shirt until Manchester United decides on someone else. Young has worn the armband for a total of 30 games during the season. Antonio Valencia, the current club captain, hasn’t played since January 2.

Pogba regularly captained Manchester United, especially early in the 2018-19 season, despite clashing with Jose Mourinho who took vice-captain responsibilities. Solskjaer said about Pogba’s resuming of captaincy needs no explaining. 

Last season, Solskjaer claimed to build the team around Pogba. He would work on the basis of the midfielder remaining with Manchester United.

His only concern now is the growing influence of Pogba over the younger club players wherein he wasn’t setting an example to these players. His actions may undermine his authority as the manager since he is adamant about leaving the club as well.

Conflict within the dressing room is undeniable. The younger players are in awe of Pogba, but the more experienced players are growing weary and wary of the ‘unhealthy’ level of adoration. For the latter, Solskjaer must stop indulging the midfielder any further.

The boss also expressed dismay over the Frenchman’s decision to go public about him leaving United behind. Pogba announced on June during commercial commitment with Adidas.

Bryan Robson, a Manchester United legend, had also weighed in on the issue. He reminded Pogba, “You are contracted to Manchester United. You have to give everything for that club, that team and the fans.”

He also said that football players like him must take a good look at themselves in the mirror and decide what they want to happen with their football career. The agents can only guide them.

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