The Al-Nassr star made some bold claims about the Saudi Pro League, and it wasn’t an accident that they came after the Argentine arrived in the U.S.
Without a doubt, Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best football players of all time. During his time at Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Juventus, he won everything there was to win at the club level. He also won the European Championship with Portugal while breaking almost every goal record.
Ronaldo told France Football, after winning his fifth and almost likely last Ballon d’Or in 2017, “I’m the best player in history, in the good times and the bad.” I understand that everyone has different tastes, but no one has ever been better than me. I’ve always felt that way. I can do things that no other football player can. No player is better than me in every way.”
But he didn’t say that because he was confident about his place in the game. If Ronaldo really was the best, he wouldn’t feel the need to tell everyone every time he was in front of a camera.
Lionel Messi has never had the same urge because he has always let his feet do the talking. The legend of Barcelona has won two more Ballons d’Or than Ronaldo, and he is a shoe-in to win a record-breaking eighth award at the 2023 event. He led Argentina to victory at the World Cup in Qatar, so he is a good bet to break the record.
Ronaldo and Portugal did not do well at the event, which is probably what made him decide to move to Saudi Arabia and make a lot of money. The only way he could get the attention away from Messi was to sign a deal with Al-Nassr and become the highest-paid player ever.
But the surprising part of the move didn’t last long. Last season, Ronaldo couldn’t help Al-Nassr win the Saudi Pro League, and his performances didn’t do much to show that he can still play at the top level.
Now, Messi is back at the center of attention. After two frustrating years at Paris Saint-Germain, the small forward decided to try something new in the Major League Soccer (MLS) with Inter Miami.
Ronaldo has weighed in, as expected. But the 38-year-old’s latest comments only show that he is a has-been who is trying hard to stay in the news.
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