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Brazil Legend, Ronaldo Excludes His Namesake Cristiano In List Of Football Greats

Brazil Legend, Ronaldo Excludes His Namesake Cristiano In List Of Football Greats

Brazil Legend, Ronaldo Excludes His Namesake Cristiano In List Of Football Greats

The name-brand Cristiano Ronaldo was left off of Brazilian superstar Ronaldo’s list of the greatest footballers in history.

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The Manchester United star has lately been through a rough patch after he refused to replace Wayne Rooney against Spurs, leading to his expulsion from the team and assignment to training with the U21 team.

He is no longer included in Ronaldo Nazario’s list of football legends.

Speaking to The Guardian, the Brazilian icon was asked who was greater out of Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona, to which he replied: ‘That’s unfair. I think there is a very, very special group where you have Diego, Messi, [Johan] Cruyff, [Franz] Beckenbauer, Pelé, [Marco] van Basten, Ronaldinho.’

Brazil Legend, Ronaldo Excludes His Namesake Cristiano In List Of Football Greats

‘I would include myself. Let the fans say, let them debate it in the bars. But you can’t rank them, can’t compare generations.’

There was no space for Man United’s Ronaldo on the list however the Brazilian star did make reference to him shortly after.

‘People call me Original Ronaldo but, bloody hell, there were others – and they weren’t false. I’m not the only one and more will come along and be better than me, in everything,’ he said.

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Ronaldo Nazario, 46, scored 352 goals across 518 games in his impressive career that spanned nearly two decades before retiring in 2011.

The former Real Madrid and Inter Milan striker also spoke on PSG star Neymar and insisted his compatriot’s personal life has influenced his perception on the pitch.

Brazil Legend, Ronaldo Excludes His Namesake Cristiano In List Of Football Greats

Ronaldo said: ‘People love him a lot. If we talk specifically about football, I doubt there’s anyone who doesn’t love him.

‘His private life transcends football but I’m not interested. He’s daring, has the skill, and variety is quick, scores goals, and has personality.

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‘You could compare him to Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, even though they’re from a different planets. On the pitch Neymar is one [thing], then people mix in all the other stuff.’


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