Cristiano Ronaldo hailed himself as the best player in history after collecting his fifth Ballon d’Or award. Naturally, Diego Maradona has responded to his claim and in hilarious fashion.
The Real Madrid star tied with Lionel Messi after bagging yet another individual award from France Football. The pair of footballing heavyweights have five Ballon d’Or’s to their name.
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And after getting his hands on the prestigious prize, Ronaldo then called himself the GOAT.
“I don’t see anyone better than me,” he confidently said.
Ronaldo showing off his awards. Images: PA
Ronaldo added: “No player does things that I cannot do myself, but I see things others can’t do. There’s no more complete player than me. I’m the best player in history – in the good and the bad moments.”
His words got everybody talking.
From Joey Barton to Messi’s Barcelona colleagues. But, fellow Argentine compatriot Maradona has now weighed in with a epic response.
“Tell him to stop taking the piss (smiles),” he told AS.
Ronaldo in action during the World Club Cup. Images: PA
The interviewer then replied by saying: “If Cristiano is the best in history, what does that make you?”
“That’s why I said stop taking the piss,” Maradona brilliantly answers.
The former Napoli and Barcelona hero also shared his thoughts on the Ballon d’Or, before talking about who else deserves the gong.
“Bufff, as a trophy It’s very difficult to give just one Ballon d’Or to a player. Because giving one to Cristiano and to Messi – it’s boring now.
“You’d have to put Cavani, Mbappé, Ibrahimovic in the fight. I don’t know,” Maradona added.