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Ferguson: Ronaldo Still The Best In The World

After Cristiano Ronaldo left the door open to a Manchester United return, after confessing he missed us after signing for “dream club” Real Madrid, Sir Alex Ferguson has named him as the best player in the world.

“Ronaldo is the best player in the world, but I am biased,” said Ferguson. “When you lose a great player he is a loss and you have to recover from that and look at your team differently – you have to get on with it, you can’t sit around and complain about not having him, and you have to move on and I think we have but he was a marvellous player.”

Ferguson is obviously a massive fan of Wayne Rooney though and claims that he is one of the best players in the world.

“Manchester United builds up heroes very quickly,” he continued. “We are peculiar because the players, like Beckham, who come through the ranks are always viewed as better than those you buy. But Rooney is also regarded as that kind of player. Although he came from Everton, the fans will always look at him as one of the players who has grown up with us. He has been fantastic this season and, without doubt, his form this season has brought him to the high point of his career. World-class is a misused term, but with Rooney, you have to say he is getting to the point where he is now one of the best players in the world.”


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41 Comments

  1. trevor says:

    Id have to agree, i watch a little of Spanish football and it looks like Ronaldo has continued as he finished at united. Although he is playing as a striker he still is a notch above everyone else!

  2. curtis says:

    Spot on!
    I’m sorry but ronnie is still the best, yes better than messi
    he offers more than any player in the world
    messi is a close second but ronnie any day of the week for me
    but i’m only saying this cause he played in england and came out top. messi would not be able to. plus messi has played with players like xavi, iniesta and eto in their prime, if he can drag his team (argentina) out of a rut at the world cup single handedly then i’ll say he’s on par with ronnie

  3. schmadmir says:

    Well, he has played 15 games from the start and scored 17 goals as an attacking midfielder in a stop-and-start season so far because of injuries and suspension. That says it all really.

    Messi has scored more goals; 21 until now, but he is in the form of his life and playing in one of the best Barca sides ever. When Ronaldo was in the form of his life he finished with 42 goals. Messi does get more assists than Ronaldo, so I can very well understand those that say that he is the best player in the world.

    I think Messi has better close control of the ball and can play more intricate passes than Ronaldo, but overall I think Ronaldo is the better player. He has height, he has a good leap, he is a wonderful header of the ball, he can beat men, he can score from long distance, free-kicks and put in a decent cross when he needs to. No need to point out that he has a fantastic physique as well.

  4. Sayyid says:

    Ronaldo was so important for us, that without him we have struggled to score.

    Last year we scored 69 goals in the league yet this year we have struggled with only 62 goals

    Bring back Ronaldo!

  5. giggs11gerrard0 says:

    I would agree with everyones comments and say that he is the best player in the world. The kid has it all and is an unbelievable talent.

    We should not be so upset that he saw Real Madrid as his dream club, he is not from England so why wouldnt it be? The only thing Ronaldo did wrong for me was manufacture a move but still profress to be happy to stay at United.

    I am glad I witnessed his talents week in week out, do we miss him? You would be lying if you said you didnt but onwards and upwards!

  6. Gotta hate tiny tears says:

    I don’t get messi
    I’ll admit it
    I don’t really talk about it because I feel abit stupid saying it. I watch him and I think wow the stuff that kid can do is amazing, he has a football gift born into him. But so does nani. I watch messi and I don’t see the full team player that a Rooney is or a savour that ronaldo was/is . It’s like matching them up to wonderful talented player of the past Ronaldo maradonna Rooney sir Bobby messi jonny Giles . Jonny Giles is one of if not the best players to come from the south of Ireland and there is 1 better from the north. Giles was unreally talented and an amazing player that any team would want to build around. But he’s not maradonna

  7. giggs11gerrard0 says:

    @GHTT

    That suprises me that mate, I watch La Liga all the time and for me Messi is fantastic, he is a complete player but i think Ronaldo edges it just because of his pace and strength.

  8. mancstan says:

    I want my Ronnie!!!!!!

  9. giggs11gerrard0 says:

    @Sayyid

    I understand what you are saying mate but our goal to game ratio this year is better than it was in all the years Ronaldo was with us. In fact it is considerably higher, just that the goals are shared amongst the team.

  10. Sayyid says:

    @giggs11gerrard0

    that was my point

    sorry if the sarcasm wasn’t too obvious!!

  11. Gotta hate tiny tears says:

    @sirryan11 stevieme0i just can’t get the worlds to back up my point about messi cause I can’t put my finger on it, I love watching him I’d love him at united but I just can’t get my head around the “he’s the best thing”
    @sayyid
    I think united started playing clean up around Ronaldo and he’ll score the goals. And if that got into a players head that “it’s alright Ronnie will save the day” then that’s a bad think to infect the team.not saying anything bad about Ronaldo or any player in those 3years but it bringse back to ruud leaving. And no replacement brought in. Who was gonna score goals for united now that there history writing striker is gone. So the lads had to step it up a gear. Not that 5 gear isn’t amazing but there’s always one higher. I put that down to the reason our keeper was gone our defenders where gone our midfielders where our defenders and our kids where our midfielders. And we’ve champions league football tonight a final not too far away and 1 point off the top. Because they stepped up

  12. giggs11gerrard0 says:

    Sayyid,

    Sorry mate, i completely mis read your original post!

  13. andsolskjaerhaswonit... says:

    Ronaldo just edges it for me too ! Although Messi, to his credit, did get 38 goals and a bucketful of assists last season, this yr. it will get ‘clearer’ as both of them are playing at the same level, against same teams and against same players !

  14. aig alex is god says:

    Ronaldo=Messi. Both are brilliant and there is hardly anything to separate them.Ronaldo has more ammunition at his disposal but Messi is just as good.

    Sorry Wayne, still some way off matching those 2.This could be the season though. Doing well at the moment. lets judge at the end of the season

  15. King Eric says:

    Morning. Probably get stick for this but I think Messi is over rated. great dribbler and can finish but Ronaldo has it all. Pace, power, tricks, goals, headers, free kicks. For me Ronaldo is different class to Messi and I think Rooney will over take Messi in peoples eyes. He is already the better player in my view. A fucking powerhouse of a complete player.

  16. King Eric says:

    gotta hate – Just read all the posts and just seen yours. It seems we agree mate.

  17. aig alex is god says:

    Messi is a class act. Amazing how he zips past people with ease despite being surrounded by players and fouled everytime.Dosent keep rolling on the floor, no antics, no tantrums. That is the reason people like him more than Ronaldo.

  18. King Eric says:

    Has been known to spit at players though mate. I personally think the reason people say they prefer him to Ronaldo is because they just cannot bring themselves to rate Ron. When at United he was “shit” in most fans eyes. Ronaldo is clearly a better player. Give me Wayne any day. THE complete player.

  19. Jandsdad says:

    @ AIG

    messi aint no angel either he seems to avoid punishment for his actions though.

    @ GHTT/King Eric

    CR is the player I would prefer in my team, I also think Ronaldo is often overlooked because he is Portugese and not South American, in the same way Kaka gets into the top 3-5 players in the world because he is Brazilian.
    Messi is the laymans choice

  20. aig alex is god says:

    @King Eric

    Hi mate. Good morning

    I see what you are trying to say but he hasnt been that bad this season while Ron has been injured for some part this season.Rooney has been good but Ronaldo and Messi were key players when United and Barca were sucessful in 2008 and 2009. If Rooney can lead United to similar sucess in the coming years he will be amongst them.Thats the way people will judge rooney. As fans we know anyways Rooney is one of the best in the world at the moment and he dosent need to prove anything to us.

    The spitting incident was bad but all the great players have blots on their careers and Messi apart from that has been good.

  21. spencer says:

    King Eric is right. At United, people were so quick to point out the work Rooney did to help Ronaldo and RIGHTLY SO. But nobody mentions the work Xavi and Iniesta do to help Messi which is just as important and yet they get absolutely no credit. They literally do everything to help him ,relieving him of any real defensive duties and providing THE perfect midfield service. as far as I am concerned, anyone getting service from Xavi and Iniesta should be playing like Messi. Just look at the different in Eto’o now he doesn’t have them two behind him

  22. Fze123 says:

    Agree with Fergie, he just has it all. He is the complete package. It’s clear that Fergie still has a soft spot for him; not surprising, as he was the one who built him to become a recognised world class talent. At this moment though, Rooney is definitely in better form than Ronaldo and Messi. If his form continues and he stays injury free, then he may have a great chance of winning the Ballon D’or. The main contenders will be these three, no doubt.

  23. brett1985 says:

    If Ronaldo were still a United player we’d be favorite to win all competitions and likely still in the FA cup too so I think people mentioning goal tallys should reflect on our prospects this season. I don’t think we are the best team in Europe but there is always hope. We can surely beat Milan over two legs. They do not seem up to much.

    Ronaldo and Messi are both great players but I’ve always felt Ronaldo is the best around.

  24. Mohit says:

    @king eric- no mate messi ain’t overrated . RONALDO is probably the most talented player on the planet right now but when it comes to team play messi leaves ronaldo far behind.

  25. brett1985 says:

    “when it comes to team play”

    Ronaldo makes great space with his runs to open up the game for others, he gets into great positions to receive the ball and give team mates an option. I don’t understand what you are attempting to say about team play. I would get your point supposing Ronaldo failed to pass to teammates, instead shooting but failing to score. But he scores bucketloads. Why ask for assists when he is banging the goals in!

  26. hurr says:

    Xavi is better than Messi imo and more important to Barca than him.

  27. Mohit says:

    @brett – Messi also scores bucketloads of goals (albeit not as much as ronaldo) . Add to that he gets loads of assists too which makes him one of the best player.
    Also by BETTER TEAM PLAYER i mean the amount of assists he gets during the season.. he is also double or triple checked every game much like ronaldo but he finds the best pass more often than ronaldo which for me makes him a better Team player than ronaldo. Anyways i think these two are the best players in world as of now. One is more of team player and the other is a more selfish player(and a very very talented selfish player).

  28. rooney the new king says:

    well I am back I could not be assed to comment yesterday on the pages I was propably gonna leave it today but ph well

    King Eric – na sorry but that is a poor statement of what you are saying about messi. For me the 2 best players in the world right now is messi and rooney. ronaldo is still a quality player but he is the one who is now vastly overated by many. Ronaldo is now living off past glorys like the great 42 goal season he had, he was poor last year he has been ok this season, hes played well but he is nowhere near on the levels of where rooney and messi are currently at.

    Also some said ronaldo is better all round yes at the moment he maybe, but lionel messi’s game is just has adaptible has ryan giggs, Add the fact messi is not only younger than ronaldo when messigets into his 30s he can change his game like giggs has done making him long term the better player. Messi scored 41 goals scoring very phew free kicks and penaltys so 90% of messi’s goals came from open play for me that is an outstanding achievment, go look at messi’s goals they were sensational.

    Many also forget messi does not rely on pace and power he relies on the intelligence great link up play and he can create and score chances out of complete nothing, messi is like rooney the complete team player. The added bonus which really for me is he is not a selfish player, we never hear him in the papers like ronaldo so for me rooney and messi are well ahead of ronaldo in short they are miles ahead of ronaldo now.

  29. rooney the new king says:

    messi a couple of years ago was overated because he played very phew games and was hyped has the best in the world but not now he is now walking the walk. Messi is just special with a capital M, and if anyone is a barca fan they will tell you messi is their version of ryan giggs he is a gem and not many come through like messi, I would love messi at united because he could replace ryan giggs.

  30. rooney the new king says:

    special with a capital S I ment

  31. King Eric says:

    rtnk – We will agree to disagree mate. Ronaldo is different class to Messi. His legs will be fucked in a few years anywhere probably. Would take Rooney ALL DAY LONG.

  32. King Eric says:

    Just out of interest I would like to see if Messi could bag 40 odd in English league. He may well do. As I said earlier I really don’t think Messi will still be playing at Giggsy age. All the hormone shite and growth defiency will catch up. How the fuck can you compare him to Ryan anyway? Ryan is in a league of his own.

  33. spencer says:

    RE: RTNK:
    na sorry but that is a poor statement of what you are saying about messi. For me the 2 best players in the world right now is messi and rooney. ronaldo is still a quality player but he is the one who is now vastly overated by many. Ronaldo is now living off past glorys like the great 42 goal season he had, he was poor last year he has been ok this season, hes played well but he is nowhere near on the levels of where rooney and messi are currently at.

    Sorry disagree. and fergie has nothing to lose by bigging up ronnie. he clearly has always rated him and still does. ronaldo is not living of former glories. he is just that good. kaka is living of former glories but ronaldo isn’t. 15 in 17 (and before you use the penalties excuse, only one of those was) is a damn good record whatever way you look at it when you think he is adapting to a new team/league/country etc.

    “Also some said ronaldo is better all round yes at the moment he maybe, but lionel messi’s game is just has adaptible has ryan giggs, Add the fact messi is not only younger than ronaldo when messigets into his 30s he can change his game like giggs has done making him long term the better player. Messi scored 41 goals scoring very phew free kicks and penaltys so 90% of messi’s goals came from open play for me that is an outstanding achievment, go look at messi’s goals they were sensational.”

    I am sorry but why do you keep comparing Messi to Ryan Giggs? They are nothing a like. When Messi has won eleven spanish titles, two champions leagues and numerous other trophies and individual awards and been in the barcelona first team for 18 years, then you can compare them. and messi did not score 41 goals, he scored 38, some of which did come from penalties and free kicks, not that it matters either way as i really couldn’t care less how many goals come in open play. it is a poor way to put a player down in my opinion.

    “he can create and score chances out of complete nothing”

    So can ronaldo

    “mesi is like rooney the complete team player. The added bonus which really for me is he is not a selfish player, we never hear him in the papers like ronaldo so for me rooney and messi are well ahead of ronaldo in short they are miles ahead of ronaldo now.”

    they are not miles ahead of ronaldo. sorry but its the truth. they aren’t. rooney is up there, some may say better, some will say he isn’t but none of them are miles ahead of each other

    King Eric is right. Coming from someone (me) who has regular contact with some Catalans as I used to go back and forth from Barcelona, some Barca fans get seriously annoyed that all people bang on about is Messi but they don’t give IMO the two best midfielders in the world who bust a gut for Messi credit and they are right. If Messi is such a genius who no one can touch and is miles ahead of everyone, why the hell can’t he do it for argentina? because Xavi and Iniesta for Argentina, thats why!

  34. spencer says:

    ‘there is no’ should be ahead of Xavi in that last line. typo

  35. rooney the new king says:

    King Eric – how will messi’s legs will be fucked in a phew years, he is not picking up injurys any more he is playing week in week out, yes he will have little niggles but to say ronaldo is in a different class to messi is complete rubbish. Giggs picked up more injurys at messi’s age than messi is currently at. Did I compare messi to giggs no I said messi long term is better than ronaldo, he will win world european player of the year at the tender age of 22.

    Its unfair to say messi will hae to do it in the prem when ronaldo scored 31 in that season not quiet 40. I maybe wrong but he will become the youngest player to ever win both those awards, like I say messi is currently worlds best player only rooney can match messi at the moment he was a nightmare for united in the final.

  36. spencer says:

    ” Did I compare messi to giggs ”

    Yes you did.

    You said Barcelona fans saw him as their version of Ryan Giggs (which no offence is a ridiclous thing to say) and then going on about how his game is adaptable as giggs’s

    if messi even achieves half of what Sir Ryan has, he should count himself lucky

  37. King Eric says:

    rtnk – You’re clutching at straws mate. Ok Ronaldo ONLY scored 31 you say. Well no he didn’t . The FA and league cup goals were still against English opposition. I don’t like Ronaldo particularly but to say he is living on past glories is frankly ridiculous. Regarding his legs we will see but you cannot have that much growth treatment for all those years and it not come back to haunt you in later life.

  38. rooney the new king says:

    like I say ronaldo is now overated he is living off past glorys and I do not see ronaldo improving much anymore. For starters I do not see any staying power of ronaldo his game is destined to decline when he hits 26 27, while messi there is so much to his game he will only get better. Do not forget giggs lost his pace in the 02/03 season. do the maths he is 36 he lost the explosive pace at 27 28.

    spencer – do not put words in my mouth I said messi’s game he can change it like giggs has done when he loses his pace, so what I aid messi will be barca’s giggs because he will be there till he retires. That is complete bullshit oh come back when he won 11 league titles david may won 6 league titles and countless other trophys thats got nowt to do with the players ability that is a poor statement to make. So messi cant do it for argentina tell me what has ronaldo done for portugal since you want to go on country comparisment.

    look at this messi he is 22 he has in total scored 103 goals for barcelona and he has not got the physique of ronaldo who is only 47 goals better off than messi. Messi has already bagged 23 goals and its only feb.

    There is a reason why it is all about messi he is winning games like ronaldo done a phew years ago,
    iniesta has not even scored for barca this season
    while xavi only has 6 goals.
    while ibrahimovic has 14 and looks way to slow for barca who is no eto’o
    henry has 2 goals so barcelona are relying alot on messi to score who is more likly to win matches for barca.

    like I say rooney and messi are miles ahead of ronaldo who ronaldo is living off past glory.

  39. rooney the new king says:

    King Eric – those leg problems no longer is a problem he will always pick up little injury’s but those are in the past he has found a way to stop the big injurys and he is now physically growing into one of the best player of his generation. Tim vickery has said he is picking up less injurys and is only gonna get better. But I stand by my comments ronaldo’s game has no staying power and long term messi will be the better player. The growth treatment was normal. I do not think they would have done it if it would effect him later in life you may think I am mad but ronaldo has been nothing special the past phew years and thats why I say he has been living off past glory.

  40. jay says:

    @rooney the new king well I guess 53 goals in 56 games for Real Madrid has proved that Ronaldo is not overrated.

  41. samuel ifeanyi says:

    ronaldo is the best.trace him from lisbon,man u down to madrid you can see that he is more better than messi. He should leave barca lets see his perfomance.

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