Cristiano Ronaldo has declared himself as the best player in the history of football amidst the unending GOAT debate.
This is arguably the first time Ronaldo has openly claimed he is the best player in the history of the game with some fans and pundits giving the credit to Lionel Messi after the latter led Argentina to a 2022 World Cup triumph in Qatar.
Speaking to Goal Arab after returning to Al-Nassr from an international break, Cristiano Ronaldo said; “I am the best player in the history of football.”
His admission is not shocking to those who have followed the Al-Nassr star throughout his football career.
The Manchester United legend is one of the best players that have graced football in recent times.
After a sharp twist in his football career in his second spell with Manchester United, Ronaldo seems to have returned to his prolific form with Al-Nassr and for Portugal national team.
Before the international break, Cristiano Ronaldo scored 9 goals in 10 games for Al-Nassr, including a four-goal haul.
During the international break, Ronaldo swept aside his underwhelming display in the 2022 World Cup and scored four goals in two matches for Portugal.
He increased his international goals to 122 in 198 games after bagging a brace in the last two matches for the team.
He is Portugal’s all-time highest goal-scorer and Real Madrid’s all-time highest goal-scorer.
Is Cristiano Ronaldo the best player in the world?
The goat debate in modern football has revolved around Ronaldo and Messi.
Both players have blazed a trail in the game but many pundits seem to give it to Lionel Messi especially after winning the 2022 World Cup with Argentina.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo went into the 2022 World Cup nearing the twilights of their heroic career.
For Leo, it was a ”win it or quit” edition. Messi said he would retire after the 2022 World Cup but reversed his decision after he won the tournament and crowned his 18-year-old career with the coveted World Cup trophy.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are Champions League winners. They have won their continental championships with their respective national teams but the World Cup trophy was the only title left to win. In 2022, Lionel Messi made the difference as he won the tournament.
Lionel Messi also has more Ballon d’Or awards than Cristiano Ronaldo. The Argentina international has won it seven times while Ronaldo has won it five times.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are undisputable big names in modern football but it seems Leo has the bragging rights over Ronaldo for now.