Ronaldo better than Maradona & Pele, says Mourinho

The Real Madrid coach has nothing but praise for his star player, but has pointed out that he needs his team-mates in order to shine

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho believes that Cristiano Ronaldo is better than Pele or Diego Maradona ever were, but has insisted that not even the prolific attacker can do things on his own.

The Portugal international netted the winner in Madrid’s 3-2 Champions League round of 16 win on aggregate over Manchester United, but Mourinho has made it clear that Ronaldo needs the team in order to shine.

“We never say that Cristiano is responsible when we lose a game, and we can’t think that he is the only one who wins it. Without the team he isn’t anything, but the team without him isn’t the same,” the Madrid coach told ITV Sport.

“Cristiano is the best in the world. I saw Maradona a couple times and I’ve never seen Pele, but Cristiano is incredible. This man is the best.

“But even he can’t win on his own. The key is in the team.”

Ronaldo has already netted 40 goals in 41 official appearances so far this term.

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