Mourinho Names Who He Believes 'The Best Ronaldo Ever' Is
Jose Mourinho Names Who He Believes 'The Best Ronaldo Ever' Is
Former Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has named who he thinks 'the best Ronaldo ever' is between Ronaldo de Lima and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Click through the gallery to see Mourinho with both stars, as well as his and the Brazilian's time at Barcelona in 1996!
During Brazilian Ronaldo’s prime playing days, not many football fans would have thought that another player with a similar name would come along one day and make that name his own.
Ex-Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo has done that, however, and he has done so by not only outscoring the Brazilian, but also by winning more trophies than the 'original Ronaldo' did.
There is a common belief that the Brazilian’s injuries stopped him from being arguably the greatest striker in the history of the sport, a title that many still believe he holds.
Mourinho, who worked with the Brazilian Ronaldo at FC Barcelona in the 1996/97 season when he was assistant manager to the late Bobby Robson, has insisted the Selecao legend is 'the best Ronaldo ever'.
"Ronaldo Nozario, (is) the best Ronaldo EVER," he was quoted as saying in a new film called Bobby Robson: More Than A Manager, according to Daily Star.
"I never saw the same, I never saw the same."
Mourinho went on to hail the Brazilian for that single season he had at the Catalan giants, giving Robson all the credit for allowing him the freedom to express himself.
"It was the best year ever for Ronaldo. He (Robson) was like a dad to him.
"He understood the Brazilian kid personality and at the same time, he gave him the freedom to allow him allowed him to play on the pitch."
Ronaldo, who was just 19 years old at the time, scored 47 goals in 49 games for the Blaugrana, before moving to Inter Milan the next season.
Mourinho’s comments might surprise many as he also worked with Cristiano Ronaldo at Real. The 33-year-old struck 168 goals in 164 games under the Portuguese manager, while he assisted a further 49 strikes.
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