Cristiano Ronaldo has often been named the greatest player of his generation, but a former Real Madrid coach has insisted another player was greater than the Portuguese – but it’s not Lionel Messi.
The 33-year-old was named Best Player of the Year at the Dubai Globe Soccer Awards on 3 January but former Los Blancos boss John Toshack insisted he is not the greatest player in history.
Toshack, who was in charge of Real in 1989/1990 and again in 1999, was discussing Aaron Ramsey’s reported move to Juventus, where he will link up with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
Ramsey is believed to have agreed a free transfer to the Serie A giants, with the proposed move making fellow Welshman Toshack very proud.
“It makes the Welsh very proud to see Ramsey join the same club where the great John Charles played,” the 69-year-old manager said, as quoted by the Express.
“Charles was there on the day of my debut, as I was only a kid and he was teaching me how to head the ball.
“He’d tell me marvellous stories about him, Omar Sivori and the wise Giampiero Boniperti.
“I consider Charles the greatest of all time. Yes, greater than CR7.”
Charles, who passed away in 2004, made 168 appearances for Juventus, scoring 95 goals, and also represented his country on 38 occasions.
Ronaldo, meanwhile, has scored 15 goals in 24 appearances for the Bianconeri following his €117 million transfer.
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