Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed that he believes he is the best player in the last 20 years.
The Real Madrid star had an amazing season with his club, as his 16 goals in 12 European appearances helped the Spanish giants win the UEFA Champions League for a record eleventh time, thereby adding another medal to the 31-year-old’s decorated trophy cabinet, which now consists of 3 Premier League medals, 1 FA Cup, 1 La Liga, 2 Copa del Reys, 3 Champions Leagues, 2 FIFA Club World Cups, and 1 UEFA Super Cup.
The Portuguese international has also won 3 Ballon d’Ors and 4 European Golden Shoe awards, making him one of the most successful football players of this generation, alongside FC Barcelona’s Argentine magician Lionel Messi.
The Ronaldo vs Messi debate has been an endless one, and it looks like it won’t be settled any time soon, with both players on the peak of their footballing careers. However, in a recent interview conducted by Italian magazine Undici, Cristiano Ronaldo himself was asked where he stands amongst the best players of the last 20 years.
The Portuguese captain answered: “Where would I put myself among the best in the last 20 years? I need to think positively and I believe that with the results I’m getting, I can say I am the best.”
He continued: “The best always influence their sport and I think I’ve had an important impact. I can’t say how much [of an impact], that comes with time, but if you can run fast, jump higher than the rest, be strong and agile at the same time, you can make your talent even more efficient.
“I worked really hard to reach the highest level and I continue doing so to stay here. I maintain the same attitude and dedication in every training session; in every game. I take care of myself so I can continue making history in this sport for many more years.”
Ronaldo has certainly created history on the club-level already, but has failed to win a major trophy with his national team – something he would seek to change as he leads Portugal in the upcoming Euro 2016 tournament. The Portuguese will face Iceland in their opening game on June 14.