The identification of the ‘actual Ronaldo’ will not be an argument a former Brazilian striker desires to get into, with the World Cup winner claiming he’s “so completely different” from namesake Cristiano.
That moniker has grow to be synonymous with success over current occasions, with two iconic figures bearing the identical title on their again.
Through the late 90s and early 21st century, a fearsome frontman landed two World Cup winners’ medals, an enviable haul of membership honours and three World Player of the Year awards.
Because the powers of ‘O Fenomeno’ started to fade, one other Ronaldo stepped up and helped himself to numerous information, 5 Champions League crowns and 5 Ballons d’Or.
The latter is now on the books of Juventus, having beforehand starred for Manchester United and Actual Madrid, and is taken into account to be one of many best performers of all time.
The unique Ronaldo is, nevertheless, reluctant to be drawn on comparisons between two legendary forwards, telling Gazzetta dello Sport when quizzed on the ‘actual’ tag: “It is one thing that has at all times amused me, nevertheless it is senseless. We’re so completely different, me and him.”
Pressed to pick the primary variations between the 2, the previous Barcelona, Inter and Madrid striker mentioned: “Age, above the rest. 9 years of distinction, completely different years during which we performed.
“Soccer has modified a lot not too long ago, and it modifications sooner and sooner.
“I don’t wish to say that ‘my time’ was tougher, however we confronted very completely different conditions and with completely different groups.”
Ronaldo went on so as to add: “The affect throughout the Italian championship [is also different].
“I used to be 20, I had already achieved issues at PSV and Barcelona, however not rather a lot, definitely not every thing. I used to be nonetheless a challenge of a champion, or no less than I felt so.
“Cristiano arrived in Italy on the age of 33, on the top of his maturity as a participant.”
Whereas seeing marked variations between himself and a talismanic presence at Juve, Ronaldo admits each males boast the identical insatiable urge for food for objectives.
He added, forward of a Serie A conflict between the Bianconeri and Inter on Friday: “I might say we had been completely different within the position we performed, even when he now gamers much more within the center and nearer to the aim.
“Maybe up to now an help happy him as a lot as a aim. Now, I don’t assume it does. In that want for objectives we’re equal, sure.”
Ronaldo ended his taking part in profession with 352 membership efforts to his title and 62 in 98 appearances for Brazil.
His namesake already has 85 worldwide objectives for Portugal, in 154 outings, and a shocking haul of 584 strikes for the home sides he has represented.