MX23RW : Saturday, May 30 23:54:27| >> :60:1888:1888:

Roberto Carlos: 'Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo cannot compare to Ronaldo'

Roberto Carlos: 'Messi, Cristiano cannot compare to Ronaldo'
© Reuters
Brazil and Real Madrid legend Roberto Carlos claims that compatriot Ronaldo Nazario was even better than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Brazil legend Roberto Carlos has described his compatriot Ronaldo Nazario as "unique" and insists that modern-day greats Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo cannot compare to the World Cup winner.

Carlos played alongside Ronaldo for club and country, winning the World Cup together for Brazil in 2002 and also enjoying success during the 'Galactico' era at Real Madrid.

Ronaldo won a joint-record three World Player of the Year titles during his career, but that mark has since been surpassed by both Messi and the Portuguese Ronaldo, who have won the Ballon d'Or six and five times respectively.

However, Carlos is in no doubt that the Brazilian Ronaldo remains "the best", even ahead of the greatest players in the world today.

"Ronaldo stood out in training. He was the best. There will never be another Ronaldo 'Fenomeno'. Not Neymar, Cristiano or Messi – Ronaldo is unique," Carlos told Goal.

"I think in our generation it was harder to score goals. It was more physical back then and attackers were less protected. But Ronaldo could do everything.

"I knew how unbelievable he was when he arrived but a lot of people at Madrid didn't. He surprised a lot of people. I remember 80,000 people were very happy and pleasantly surprised by him."

Ronaldo scored 104 goals in 177 games for Real Madrid from 2002 to 2007.


Click here for more stories about Roberto Carlos

Click here for more stories about Real Madrid

Share this article now:
Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo reacts on February 2, 2020
Read Next:
Ronaldo insists he and Cristiano "cannot be compared"
Latest Sports Video
Did you know...?
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free daily transfer newsletter! Sent twice a day during the transfer window.

rhs 2.0
2Real Madrid27168349193056
4Real Sociedad27144945331246
6Atletico MadridAtletico271112431211045
10Athletic Bilbao2791082923637
12Real Betis2789103843-533
15Real Valladolid27611102333-1029
17Celta Vigo27511112234-1226

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!