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Portuguese Legend: Cristiano Ronaldo Is Not Portugal’s Best Ever


Former Real Madrid and Barcelona winger, Luis Figo has said Cristiano Ronaldo is not at par with Portuguese legend Eusebio, even though he never saw the striker play.
Figo insists Ronaldo cannot yet be considered the best player Portugal has ever produced even though the 31-year old have won the Ballon d’Or thrice, scoring 488 goals in just 674 matches and won 12 major honours during his career with Manchester United and Real Madrid.
In an interview with Spanish newspaper AS, he said: “I admire Cristiano and I enjoy seeing his achievements.

“He just gets better every year. He’s making football history.
“But even though I never saw Eusebio play, I would put him at number one for everything he stands for, for the love he showed me, his friendship and his advice.
“Everyone will say that I say that for this reason or that reason but ultimately it’s just about respect. Everyone makes history in their own time.”
On the international level, Ronaldo has won 133 caps scoring 61 goals more than any other Portugal player.
However, Figo believes the Real Madrid star has not done enough to be termed as the best player, even in Portugal, pitching Eusebio ahead of CR7.
Eusebio who died 2014, scored 733 goals in 745 matches, won the Ballon d’Or in 1965 and also led benfica to win 11 major trophies in his 15 years at the club.

But Luis Figo who himself could be regarded as a Legend said that football is more than just about statistics.

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