AC Milan and Italy legend Paolo Maldini has snubbed Cristiano Ronaldo, naming the three best players he’s ever seen play.
The former defender named Lionel Messi, Diego Maradona and Ronaldo Nazario as his top three footballers.
Maldini made this statement in an upcoming documentary about Brazilian Ronaldo called The Phenomenon. He played alongside the legendary striker at Milan for a year and a half and faced him several times during his five-year tenure at Inter.
Playing for one of the greatest teams of all time, Maldini met some great footballers during a glorious career that spanned almost 25 years. But when asked to name the top three players he has ever seen, the five-time UEFA Champions League winner said:
“The three greatest players I’ve seen in my career were Messi, Maradona and him [Ronaldo Nazario].”
Here’s a trailer for the upcoming documentary:
Ronaldo Nazario was one of the most feared forwards of all time and represented some big European clubs. He played for Barcelona, Real Madrid, Inter Milan and AC Milan in an illustrious career that also included guiding Brazil to the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
Overall, he has scored 295 goals at club level and has struck 62 times in 99 games for his national team. The Brazilian was also seen by many as the one who changed the way he played up front with his incredible pace, tight control and power.
Cristiano Ronaldo has had a difficult start to the new season at Manchester United
Maldini, who ignores Cristiano Ronaldo for his list, arrives with the Portuguese skipper amid a difficult start to the 2022-23 season.
The Manchester United striker has been linked with an exit from Old Trafford throughout the summer window in search of Champions League football. However, he has been unable to find any potential suitors and is expected to remain at United until at least January 2023.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been largely restricted to appearances from the bench by new coach Erik ten Hag. The veteran superstar has started just three games for the Red Devils this season and has been a substitute in five.
Ronaldo has only scored once, from the penalty spot in United’s 2-0 UEFA Europa League win over Sheriff FC on 15 September.
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