Manchester United superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic says Brazilian Ronaldo was better than Cristiano Ronaldo.
In an interview with ESPN Brazil, the Swedish striker compared the Brazilian legend with Cristiano. He said that Ronaldo was natural and also admits he was born to be great.
For the current generation of football fans in the world, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will be the best players. But they have preceded some of the best ever players in the football world. Brazilian legend Ronaldo is one among them who was phenomenal and was also an example to everyone.
Ronaldo has played for various big clubs over Europe, including Barcelona, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and also AC Milan. The Brazilian legend has scored over 350 goals in his club career. Ronaldo has also won 2 FIFA World Cups with Brazil in 1994 and 2002. The 40-year-old was also a three-time FIFA World Player of the Year, while he scored an incredible 62 goals in 98 international games.
Manchester United forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic compares both the Ronaldos but picked the Brazilian as the best ever. Ibrahimovic admits that Ronaldo was born to be a great footballer. He also said that Cristiano isn’t natural, but a trained player.
He said: “I think Il Fenomeno [was the best]. For me, Il Fenomeno was an example of football. Whatever he did, it was ‘wow’.”
“The way he did the dribble, the way he was running, the way he was scoring goals. That was the real Fenomeno.”
“Ronaldo was natural. He was not built, he was not made, he was born to be what he was. That is not something you train to become.”
“That kind of player is not made, they are born. There is only one.”
“And [Cristiano Ronaldo], I didn’t play with him. That is something different. That is a trained player. The others were natural.”
Ibrahimovic also believes that the Brazilian deserves to be remembered as a better player than Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo.
“Gaucho was phenomenal also,” Ibrahimovic added. “But I played with him in Milan, he didn’t have his best moments like he did before. But I liked when the hair was waving and he did his running and his dribble. When he wanted, he made everyone look like kids, when he wanted to play his game.”
The 35-year-old striker also suggested that he would consider a move to Brazil in future. “Maybe I should go to Brazil, you never know. (Maybe) I’d enjoy my football there,” said Zlatan Ibrahimovic.