The footballers turned pundits drool in praise of the Portuguese showbiz footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo and regard him as the best player after witnessing how he carries his national side in the FIFA World Cup 2018, Russia.
Published By: Dalipinder Singh Sandhu (Bliss)
The football pundits analyzing the FIFA World Cup 2018 on ITV recently have been overwhelmed by the performance of Cristiano Ronaldo. The likes of Roy Keane have been praising the 5-time Ballon d’Or winner and have labelled him as the best player in the world right now. Roy Keane, a former Manchester United player expressed his view on the Real Madrid man.
“I think there has been a great debate about him (Cristiano Ronaldo) and (Lionel) Messi but over the last six months I think he’s on a new level – he’s out there on his own, it’s not natural ability, as brilliant as he is, it’s sheer hard work. He’s got a lot of courage, he’s brave and the guy is a genius. I think his form over the last few months I’d have him above of Messi.”
Cristiano Ronaldo has recently won his 3rd consecutive UEFA Champions League title with Real Madrid and finished as the top scorer of the competition once again. Currently the 33-year old is leading the golden boot race in FIFA World Cup 2018 as he scored 4 goals in 2 games. All the goals of Portugal NT in the tournament have been scored by their captain.
Ian Wright, the former Arsenal player also claimed that Cristiano who recently became the fastest player ever after recording the speed of 38.6 kmph against Spain, is currently the best player in the world.
“What he has proven going into the World Cup with the pressure he’s under, this is his fourth World Cup, the way he’s started, he has shown it’s not just ability, its hard work. He’s getting the fruits of all that work over the years.”
Cristiano scored a hat-trick against Spain in the opening game which helped his side to obtain a point in the 3-3 draw. In the second game against Morocco, the Portuguese scored the only goal of the match in the 1-0 victory and took his side closer to the quarterfinals. Ian Wright claims that Cristiano has proven himself in different leagues which will be the reason for him to ranked above everyone else.
“I think that with Ronaldo he’s been in different leagues, out of his comfort zone. Ronaldo when he left Portugal, even at Manchester United, I remember he had a year where they said he can go back (but he wanted to stay and fight at Old Trafford). I think in years to come, we’ve been fortunate to watch both at the height of their powers, but in years to come I think Ronaldo will pinch it for me.”
Patrice Evra has also spoken about Cristiano Ronaldo a couple of times and recently when Messi failed to deliver against Iceland, the former Manchester United player claimed that the Argentine cannot handle pressure whereas the Portuguese loves to play under pressure and is obsessed with winning.
Though not everyone was choosing Ronaldo, one such pundit was Slaven Bilić who is the former manager of West Ham United. He believes that Ronaldo has been in a tremendous form but the best player according to him was Lionel Messi.
“One of the greatest things about Ronaldo is that he changes the way he plays. I can bet it wasn’t a coach or a manager, it’s him. He changed his game in a time when he was one of the two best players in the world, we can talk who is in better form, obviously, he has started the World Cup better than anyone else, but for me it’s Messi. I am (team) Messi.”
With that being said, Messi now leads Argentina in a must-win game against Croatia tonight if the South-American side wishes to avoid an early flight back home. The Barcelona man is yet to make an impact in the World Cup and tonight he will be under pressure especially after he missed the penalty against Iceland last week which cost them the victory.
Croatia who are led by Luka Modric currently lead the group with three points and a victory tonight will most probably seal their qualification into the quarter-finals of the tournament.
The match is scheduled for 19:00 CET tonight and will be telecasted live all over the world via the official broadcasting partners of FIFA.