Ronaldo was the best striker: Messi
A footballer with a bald head, wearing jersey number 9, rushing towards the goalpost with a ball, breaking the opposite team’s defenses – a scenario not easy to forget.
This man’s name is Ronaldo Nazario de Lima.
This legendary Brazilian striker is and has been the idol of many rising young players in football across the globe. Lionel Messi is also one of them.
“Ronaldo [Nazario] was a phenomenon, of all the strikers I ever saw, he was the best. He was unbelievable,” he said.
Then he spoke of another former Brazilian star Ronaldinho, “Ronaldinho helped me a lot. I came into the dressing room at 16-17 years of age, seeing all those footballing giants made it tough.
”But he mentored me and made me feel comfortable, and I loosed up. Afterward, on the pitch, I always looked for him but we didn’t have many years to enjoy together. Besides, we didn’t play as much at that time. I would have liked to play more with Ronaldinho.”
Ronaldo, the former Brazilian striker, dubbed El Fenomeno (The Phenomenon), now retired, played over five hundred matches at club level, scoring over three hundred and fifty-two goals. He also won two Ballon d’Ors, was named FIFA World Player of the Year three times and scored twice in the 2002 World Cup Final to win the tournament for Brazil