José Mourinho said: “For me the top three players in history are Messi, Pelé and Maradona.”
Despite being from the same country with Cristiano Ronaldo and having been his manager at Real Madrid, Mourinho still believes that Ronaldo is not worth to be among his best three in the world of football.
Mourinho, known for his controversial attitude and boastful comments, has criticised Ronaldo at different in his career. He said this about Ronaldo when he was the manager at Real Madrid: “I had only one problem with him, very simple, very basic, which was when a coach criticises a player from a tactical viewpoint trying to improve what, in my view, could have been improved.
“At that moment, he didn’t take it very well because maybe he thinks he knows everything and the coach cannot help him develop further.”
Mourinho has at a time praised Ronaldo, where he said: “I remember the good and the not so good. I remember he is a goal machine, he helped me to become a champion, to win the cup and the Super Cup.
“He probably also helped him and each of us to make history in winning the league with 100 points against the best Barcelona side in history.
“Cristiano gives me great memories and I wish him all the best in his career, for his country and his club.”
Mourinho added: “Ronaldo’s an incredible player. It’s like Zinedine Zidane for the French, there will be no other. He is incredible, he’s a goalscoring machine.
“Coaching him was the highlight of my career. He’s the most professional player I’ve ever met. A coach and a player may have their differences at a given time, but it ends there.”
However, Ronaldo on his part had praised Mourinho and ranked above Ferguson and said he can still work with Mourinho, he said: “I would put him at the top, I always say that.”
“Work with Mourinho again? Why not?” he said.
Mourinho once said this about Ronaldo: “He is one of the best players of all time – it’s as simple as that,”
Well, Mourinho has said what’s on his mind, and now we await Ronaldo’s response on his statement.
José Mourinho: “For me the top three players in history are Messi, Pelé and Maradona.” pic.twitter.com/Sas5M4lcmz
— Football Tweet (@Football__Tweet) February 23, 2021