Former Manchester United defender and Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville has claimed that Cristiano Ronaldo changed the football was played in England. Neville claims that he has never seen anybody as good as Ronaldo and believes that he is by far the best player in the world.
Neville explained, “I can’t believe anyone has ever seen anything as extraordinary in the English Premier League. I know we have had great players like Thierry Henry, Eric Cantona and Gianfranco Zola, and perhaps Thierry Henry in his prime came closest, but for two years (2006-2008), Cristiano Ronaldo was a player on a different level, by far the best in the World. He would prey on the weak. He is an absolute bully, as Maicon probably found out when he played for Manchester City in the Santiago Bernabeu earlier this season.”
He added, “Ronaldo sniffs blood and he will find the weakness in the back four. If he's not getting the left-back in the first 15 minutes, he'll switch to the right-back. If he's not getting the right-back, he'll switch to the left centre-back. He'll find someone in your back four who is weak and doesn't like defending one on one situations, against pace and power. Cristiano Ronaldo's skill, strength and speed were incredible.”
Gary continued, “I had played with some great players in Roy Keane, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, David Beckham, Eric Cantona and Mark Hughes. Because of their longevity at the club, they may be ranked above Ronaldo as Manchester United greats. But no one was a good as Cristiano Ronaldo in that two-year period (2006-2008)!”
Cristiano Ronaldo is often compared to Lionel Messi, with the world being divided on who they think is the best player on the planet. However, Cristiano Ronaldo has proven himself in the best league in the world, while Lionel Messi will forever enjoy the easiness of the Spanish league.