‘It must be boring to hear that I am the REAL Ronaldo’: Brazil legend opens up on rivalry with namesake Cristiano and insists they ‘cannot be compared’
- Brazilian Ronaldo said his and Cristiano Ronaldo’s careers cannot be compared
- The 43-year-old won the FIFA Player of the Year three times before the age of 21
- But Cristiano has gone on to win the award five times during a glittering career
- The Juventus star has not had the same injury problems the Brazilian endured
Distinguishing between football’s two Ronaldos has been a problem since the emergence of Cristiano as one of the world’s greatest players.
In an Instagram interview with Italian World Cup winner Fabio Cannavaro, the Brazilian spoke about being referred to as the ‘real Ronaldo’.
Brazilian Ronaldo won the World Player of the Year three times before being surpassed
Distinguishing between the Ronaldos has been a problem since the emergence of Cristiano
He commented: ‘For Cristiano, it must be boring to hear that I am the real Ronaldo.
‘People cannot be compared. Cristiano will remain in football history for the goals and for the continuity he has achieved. He will remain one of the best, like Messi.’
The Brazilian won the World Cup in 1994 and 2002 and was runner-up in 1998.
The 43-year-old said the two cannot be compared but his namesake will remain one of the best
The Portugal captain won more trophies than the Brazilian during his time at Real Madrid
In the latter tournament he was famously left out of the starting XI when the team sheets were handed in but eventually started the game after recovering from a mystery injury.
But his side were beaten by Zinedine Zidane’s France with Ronaldo unable to have a meaningful impact on the match.
Both Ronaldos have played for Real Madrid but Cristiano won more trophies including four Champions League titles.
The Portugal captain has managed to stay fairly injury-free during his glittering career, a fortune that did not come to Brazil’s Ronaldo who suffered from recurring knee problems.
The Juventus player shows no signs of slowing down at the age of 35 with 21 goals in 22 games in Serie A this season.
The former striker was plagued with recurring knee injuries which continually halted his career