Mourinho: Neither Messi nor Cristiano beat Ronaldo Nazario

Having coached at some of the biggest clubs in the world, running the rule over some of the best players, Jose Mourinho feels that Ronaldo Nazario is the best player he has ever seen.

The former Barcelona and Real Madrid striker was a phenomenon at the turn of the century and when asked to name the best player of his lifetime, Mourinho overlooked both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Ronaldo, El Fenomeno, Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi have had longer careers,” Mourinho told LiveScore, “they have remained at the top every day for 15 years.

“However, if we are talking strictly about talent and skill, nobody surpasses Ronaldo [Nazario].

“When he was at Barcelona with Bobby Robson, I realised that he was the best player I’d ever seen take to the field.

“Injuries killed a career that could have been even more incredible, but the talent that that 19-year-old boy had was something incredible.

“In 1997, Barcelona played against PSG in Rotterdam and Ronaldo‘s goal, 1-0. Awesome.”

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