- Cristiano Ronaldo is unarguable one of the best players football has seen so far
- The Portuguese star has won virtually everything in football but the FIFA World Cup
- Former teammate Silvestre believes his greatness cannot be compared to that of Brazil's Ronaldo
Former Manchester United star Mikael Silvestre has insisted that Cristiano Ronaldo should never be compared to Brazilian legend Ronaldo de Lima.
The 42-year-old former defender who also spent a couple of years at Arsenal played alongside both forwards at club and country levels.
Silvestre was Cristiano's teammate at Old Trafford while he played with the former Barcelona and Inter Milan star at the national team level.
He claimed the Portuguese star has just about three of four tricks he uses most of the times but with De Lima, it was a new style at every given chance.
Briefly.co.za learned that The ex-Arsenal defender - who played with Cristiano at Man United - told MUTV Group Chat: "He was unstoppable."
"You called him ‘El Fenomeno’ then. I played against Messi and I played with Cristiano at Manchester United.
"But [Brazilian Ronaldo] is something else in terms of speed. Everything is top-level [with Ronaldo].
"Cristiano, maybe you can guess that he has three or four tricks he would use most of the time. "But Ronnie, it was always something different.
“He was inventing things on the spot, so you can’t guide him left or right because he’s going to get out of these situations, no matter what.
"He could score from any type of position. He was playing on one leg at some points and was still beating defenders all over Europe."
Jose Mourinho also attested to this claim having named the former Barcelona forward as the best of all time.
The Spurs boss worked with the Brazilian when he scored 47 goals in just 49 games for the Catalan club.
Ronaldo's brilliance helped Sir Bobby Robson win the Copa del Rey, Cup Winners' Cup and Supercopa de Espana.
The former Chelsea boss also manages Cristiano at Real Madrid, but his reply when asked who he thought the greatest player of all time was, he said: "Ronaldo, El Fenomeno.
"Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi have had longer careers, they have remained at the top every day for 15 years.
"However, if we are talking strictly about talent and skill, nobody surpasses Ronaldo [Nazario].
"When he was at Barcelona with Bobby Robson, I realised that he was the best player I'd ever seen take to the field.
"Injuries killed a career that could have been even more incredible, but the talent that that 19-year-old boy had was something incredible."
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