Jose Mourinho says Cristiano Ronaldo will go down as one of the greatest players in the history of football after he won his fifth Ballon d’Or title.
The Portuguese superstar was crowned on Thursday, equalling the record held by arch rival Lionel Messi, to cap a phenomenal year in which he fired Real Madrid to domestic and European glory.
And Mourinho, who coached Ronaldo for three years at the Bernabeu, believes his compatriot has secured his legacy with his latest accolade.
Taking time out ahead of the Manchester derby on Sunday, he told France Football: ‘My children never saw Pele play, but they know who he is.
‘In 40 years their kids will know who Cristiano is, and he will be part of the football story forever.’
During his time at Real, it was reported that Mourinho fell out with Ronaldo – a conflict that ultimately led to him leaving Madrid – but he insists it was blown out of proportion. He continued:
‘It’s something that is part of my job and I don’t wish to make it public. Many things were written and said that were false or exaggerated.
‘The only thing I can say is that I don’t have a personal problem with him, I think he feels the same.
Speaking about their relationship, he added: ‘It was a simply a good coach-player relationship. ‘What united us was a desire to win trophies together. In the three years we spent together, I think he improved as a player with me and I improved as a coach with him.’
Source: Metro online
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