AS Roma boss Jose Mourinho has finally given his opinion on the never-ending debate between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
The legendary tactician has bestowed that honour on Brazil icon Ronaldo Nazario.
The Roma boss worked with Ronaldo during his single season at Barcelona, helping Sir Bobby Robson's side win the Copa del Rey, Cup Winners' Cup, and Supercopa de Espana.
Ronaldo was on fire for Barcelona in that one season in LaLiga, scoring 47 goals in 49 games and winning the Ballon d'Or.
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Asked which of Ronaldo or Messi was the best ever, Mourinho gave a different response.
"The best football player that I have ever seen on a pitch.
"I think injuries killed a career that could have been even more incredible But that talent this guy had at 19 years old was something incredible."
The 59-year-old added: "Not with a career like Cristiano or Messi, 15 years at the top - every day but he was a natural talent, incredible."
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