Many soccer fans believe that Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are not only the best players in soccer at the moment, but that they are also the greatest ever. However, according to legendary Brazilian left-back Roberto Carlos, that isn’t the case.
In an interview with Goal, Carlos said that his compatriot Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima is the best soccer player of all time.
“He [Ronaldo] was the best,” said Carlos. “There will never be another Ronaldo ‘Fenomeno.’
According to Carlos, Ronaldo showed more in a tougher era.
“Not Neymar, Cristiano or Messi, Ronaldo is unique,” he added. “He’s the best. I think in our generation it was harder to score goals. It was more physical back then and attackers were less protected. But Ronaldo could do everything.”
Ronaldo and Carlos together won the 2002 World Cup with Brazil and also shared the locker room in Real Madrid where they won La Liga trophy.
Ronaldo is widely considered one of the best that played the sport, but he didn’t quite manage to get enough team and individual achievements to get in the “GOAT” conversation. While C. Ronaldo and Messi combined for 11 Ballon d’Or awards for best player in soccer between themselves, Ronaldo only managed to get two mostly due to injuries that plagued the majority of his career. Another thing that is commonly held against him is the fact that he never managed to win the coveted UEFA Champions League trophy.