Brazil legend Ronaldo Nazario has given his opinion on the Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo debate several times in the past, but he has now made a big claim that may surprise many.
It is worth wondering what Ronaldo might have known of Lopetegui's imminent appointment at Real, given the relationship both have with Portuguese super-agent Jorge Mendes, at a time when the forward's own club future remains the source of speculation.
He did, however, manage to win the European Championships with Portugal two years ago.
The Portugal global is now preparing for his national team's opener against Spain in the World Cup in Russian Federation later this week.
Ronaldo is 33 now, still in fantastic physical condition and the reigning Ballon d'Or victor.
The Brazilian, who is widely considered to be one of the best strikers of all time, is often asked to weigh in on who he believes is the better player, Messi or Ronaldo. It's highly likely that once word gets round to him, he won't take it well.
He was just 19 then, and has gone on to become his country's leading scorer with 81 worldwide goals. Without looking to deeply he said this yesterday on Spanish television: "Cristiano is one of the players of his generation and Portugal have a magnificent team, they are the champions of Europe". "The objective is to fight for a World Cup".
It's true we play according to our opponents, we study them and we don't just look at Cristiano individually, but at the end of the day we look at the whole group, which is what matters, ' Koke added, who is playing in his second World Cup after having been to Brazil in 2014.
"Ronaldo is our captain, he sets an example for us and is advising us younger players and sharing his experience", said Manchester City's Silva.
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