Saturday, December 9

Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player in football history - Zidane

After Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded the fifth Ballon d'Or on Thursday, Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane described the Portuguese forward as the greatest player ever.

Speaking at the gala ceremony in Paris on Thursday, the Portugal captain said that he now felt he was the greatest footballer ever.

Zidane told a news conference that he agreed as he could not argue with Ronaldo’s 418 goals in 412 games for Madrid along with the 26 team trophies he has won across his career.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated his fifth Ballon d'Or award with girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez
'Yes. His numbers speak for it, both in terms of what he has done and what's still to come,' Zidane said when asked if he felt his No 7 was the best of all time.

“There have been many players who have made history at this club. But nobody has done what he has — the statistics speak for that. What he has done is impressive. So I think yes [he is the best in history].”

Zidane, who won the Ballon d’Or in 1998, smiled when asked if he or Ronaldo was the better player.

“I was clearly better. If I have to choose, I choose myself,” Zidane said. “But seriously, you know I think Cristiano is much better, although I had a good career. There are no more words to define him. What he does every day, every game is phenomenal. He has made history at this club and keeps doing that, and I hope it will continue until he retires here.”

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