Farmer will be along soon to remind us how great Ronaldo was and it is easy to forget his great years with the crap that followed.
His club record in mid 90s was sensational. Just short of a goal a game with PSV and with Barca. Even after injuries stalled him at Inter he was excellen again at Real with over 20 league goals 3 seasons in a row.
Never really liked the guy after he went to Inter but it was impossible to dispute his brilliance.
Any word on who his team-mate Roberto Carlos is moving to? I read that the Corinithians fans hate him so much they’ve started following his car around. He’s coming back to Europe. I hope it’s Blackburn.
He was phenomenal on his best form alright. Not quite as brilliant at Real but still top class. Nike seemed to screw him around a bit. Transfer moves seemed to be out of his hands.
Two World Cups and a BBC Overseas Sports Peraonality award but no Champions League.
Ronaldo was a once in a generation footballer. Those who are of an age to remember Ronaldo bursting on the scene know he was a phenomenon, a once in a generation player. The greatest ever for me, he was unplayable.
Messi doesn’t have the gut instinct of the likes of Maradona or Ronaldo, that’s really why he is not a great - everything seemed to be on a whim and it was devastating.
"In the history of football, you have a small number of players who were the best - the best of their generation. You have to choose Pele, and then you have to choose Maradona. But after that you have Ronaldo, not Zidane—it has to be Ronaldo. I was playing at AC Milan when he was at Inter. I was probably at my strongest, and I was playing alongside Paolo Maldini. But playing against Ronaldo was the only time I ever saw Maldini worried. He said to me “Marcel, you have to stay around me—I need your help here. You have to stay close to me. We have to double up on him. When he takes the ball away, and when he runs, we have to double up on him.” He was amazing. He was a magician. Wow—the impression on everyone playing and everyone watching—wow. When Ronaldo got the ball, it was like— wahhh! The whole stadium was buzzing. He was the only player who made such an incredible mark on people who saw him.
“It was so unfortunate that he got his injury, it probably restricted him to 70% of his potential. Had he not have got it, he could have done anything.”