“I’m the best player in the history of football” Cristiano Ronaldo said after receiving his fifth Ballon d’Or, a line that has… tempted many to comment on.
Jorge Valdano, an ex Real Madrid player, but an Argentine, compatriot of Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona, answered the “who is better” question… without answering.
Cristiano has the most profitable ego in the history of football. He has an extraordinary amount of confidence in himself and that’s allowed him to improve a lot
the former Argentina international told Spanish radio station Onda Cero.
There are people who are confused by their ego and it turns into an excess of confidence. He puts it to work every week
the Argentine said, focusing on Ronaldo’s mentality, which has allowed him to reach heights not really expected at the beginning of his career, in times when he was attracting attention, but not really tipped to become “the best ever”.
Messi and Cristiano have opposite profiles but I do not think either of them accepts advice. They are capable of doing things few have done in the history of football
Valdano also said, still avoiding choosing between the two, let alone comparing Ronaldo to Maradona.