The iconic Brazilian striker Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima considers Barcelona icon Lionel Messi as the greatest player on the world, with Neymar and Eden Hazard behind him in the squad. However, Cristiano Ronaldo was nowhere to be seen in his list of top five players of all time for him.
With Liverpool, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain stars lined up behind a Barca symbol, Ronaldo told AS of his choices: “Messi, of course, is number one, he is a talent that means it will take 20 or 30 years to see anything similar”.
The two-time World Cup winner has never stayed away from the notion that on the Camp Nou books he sees a mercurial Argentine as one of the best ever to have played the game.
He echoed that mentality when listing those that catch his attention in the present and it does not come as a shock to see the six-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi top that list.
On his list are some other greats as well. “I like Salah, Hazard, Neymar too, I like to watch him play, Mbappe of course.”
On the thrilling 21-year-old Mbappe, he added: “Some people say he looks like me.
“He’s got a lot of pace, he’s got a good finish, he’s got great agility, he shoots very well with both feet, he’s got an impressive jump.”
“We have similar attributes, but I’ve never liked comparisons, particularly between players of different generations, for different circumstances.”
Thus, the ex-Barcelona star Ronaldo believes Lionel Messi the undisputed “number one” of modern football. Meawhile, Mohamed Salah, Eden Hazard, Neymar, and Kylian Mbappe also get the vote as the top five for the Brazilian.
But Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence does raise eyebrows, with Ronaldo being completely ignored by his namesake.