If there was ever a football player who could mesmerize the greatest to grace the beautiful game, it has to be Ronaldo. The Brazilian legend was a nightmare for defenders, even for legends such as Paolo Maldini and Alessandro Nesta.
He has been praised innumerable times before. But now Milan’s veteran striker, the 39-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic, has glorified the legendary striker’s mark on the game, going on to call him the greatest player in history.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with UEFA, as cited by Goal.com, the Swede talked about just how fantastic Ronaldo was.
“I don’t need to describe Ronaldo, ‘The Phenomenon’. I always say you have the players that play the game, and the players that are the game. For me, Ronaldo is the game. When you watch him play, everyone wanted to play like him and become like him,” he began.
Ronaldo was known far and wide for his exceptional step-overs, body-feinting skills, peerless dribbling and unrivalled technique on the ball which turned defenders inside out.
“The way he was moving, the way he did his step-overs, the way he did ‘the snake’. The way he was moving, for me he’s the greatest player in history, no doubt,” Zlatan added.
Ibrahimovic himself is a modern-day great, going strong with his 22nd year in top-flight football since appearing first on the stage with Swedish side Malmö FF back in 1999.