Former Brazillian and Real Madrid left-back, Roberto Carlos has stated that the Brazillian Ronaldo was far ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi when he was at his peak. Roberto Carlos also stated that there will never be another Ronaldo Nazario de Lima in football.
There have been constant debates in the entire footballing circuit as to who is the greatest player of all time. The ones who automatically come to mind are Pele, Diego Maradona, Ronaldo Nazario de Lima, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Lionel Messi.
However, for Roberto Carlos, there is only one player that stands above everybody else and that is none other than his Brazillian and Real Madrid teammate, Ronaldo Nazario de Lima.
Roberto Carlos Heaps Praise On Ronaldo Nazario de Lima
“Ronaldo stood out in training. He was the best. There will never be another Ronaldo ‘Fenomeno’,” Carlos told Goal after the Heineken Legends Challenge. “Not Neymar, Cristiano or Messi – Ronaldo is unique.
“I think in our generation it was harder to score goals. It was more physical back then and attackers were less protected. But Ronaldo could do everything,” Roberto Carlos added.
A Lot Of People Were Didn’t Like Ronaldo’s Arrival At Madrid: Roberto Carlos
Ronaldo Nazario introduced himself to the footballing world when he was bought by FC Barcelona in his initial days. However, Ronaldo suffered from constant knee injuries that prevented him from having a glorious stint at the Camp Nou.
Since Ronaldo had formerly played for arch-rivals Barcelona, a lot of people were not happy with his signing in 2002. Now Roberto Carlos has also acknowledged the same.
“I knew how unbelievable he was when he arrived but a lot of people at Madrid didn’t,” the legendary left-back added. “He surprised a lot of people. I remember 80,000 people were very happy and pleasantly surprised by him,” Roberto Carlos further said.
Ronaldo arrived at Real Madrid in the year 2002 on the back of having a successful World Cup campaign in the same year. His heroics in the world cup saw Brazil grab their hands on it in the glorious tournament held at Japan and South Korea.