Ronaldo scored four goals in his first three games after returning to Old Trafford in the summer following a 12-year period away from the club, but has since found the net just once in his last four matches.
Despite his recent struggles, the Portuguese great is among the 30-man shortlist for the prestigious Ballon d’Or award again this year, with his agent Jorge Mendes saying that the ‘best player of all time’ deserves to win it for a joint-record sixth time this term.
However, former Italy striker Cassano has hit back at Mendes’ comments, adding that Ronaldo doesn’t even rank among the top five best players in history.
‘Jorge Mendes says the Ballon d’Or belongs to Ronaldo? Yes, he’s the best in history,’ Cassano said ironically on Bobo TV, a twitch channel hosted by fellow former italy international Christian Vieri.
‘CR7 is not even in the top five, Mendes is a good one, compliments, but if we are talking about absolute level, Cristiano Ronaldo has nothing to do with it.
‘For me, he is not in the top 5. I would put [Lionel] Messi, [Diego] Maradona, Pele, [Johan] Cruijff. And then I’ll put Ronaldo, ‘Il Fenomeno’. Period.
‘If we have to free someone, then [Marco] van Basten, as I don’t know [Alfredo] Di Stefano. Let’s not exaggerate.’
Ronaldo will be hoping to get back on the scoresheet when United take on Italian side Atalanta In the Champions League on Wednesday, before their crucial Premier League match against Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday.
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