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'Ronaldo Is Greater Than African-Born Legend'

With Cristiano Ronaldo often being compared to the biggest names in world football, it has now been claimed he is a greater legend than an African-born Portugal icon who was called the "Black Panther".

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The 35-year-old is currently in his homeland of Madeira amid the coronavirus outbreak in Europe.

He has lifted 31 trophies, including two with Portugal, throughout his career, and scored more than 700 goals for club and country.

Yet, it is still often debated who the greatest Portugal player of all time is between him and Eusebio, but Ronaldo has now received some backing from AS Roma coach Paulo Fonseca.

"I didn't have the privilege of seeing Eusebio play live as I was very young," he told Fox Sports.

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"But of course, I know he was one of the best in the world. Still, I have no doubt in saying that what Cristiano Ronaldo has done is above what any Portuguese player has done up until this moment.

"I think Cristiano already surpasses Eusebio, although having been born in Mozambique myself I have a lot of respect for Eusebio."

Eusebio, who was born in Maputo, Mozambique, won 11 Portuguese league titles, five Portuguese cups and a European Cup, scoring 473 goals in 440 games for Benfica.

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He won the Ballon d'Or in 1965 and the European Golden Shoe in 1966. That same year, he also scored an incredible nine goals at the 1966 FIFA World Cup, helping Portugal finish in third place.

Ronaldo or Eusebio – who do you think is the greater Portuguese player and why? Have your say in the comments section below.


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