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Chelsea midfielder hails ‘best’ Ronaldo

Meireles thrilled to have Cristiano

By | 21st June 2012

Raul Meireles has dismissed suggestions from Barcelona president Sandro Rosell that Cristiano Ronaldo is not good enough to start at Barca, insisting that the Real Madrid star is the greatest in the world.

Debate surrounding this season’s La Liga-winning Portuguese international Ronaldo and Barca’s Argentine sensation Lionel Messi has gone on for years but this is the first year that the latter appears to have fallen short.

While Messi did manage to net 73 goals across all competitions and also helped Barca lift the Copa Del Rey trophy in style, it was Ronaldo whose terrific form guided Madrid to league glory.

Furthermore, the 27-year old has been impressive on the international stage as well, scoring twice for Portugal in their 2-1 win over the Netherlands to secure a quarterfinal date against the Czech Republic this evening.

Still, Rosell found a reason to criticize Ronaldo and refer to him as the 12th best player in the world behind the starting XI in his Barca squad.

Speaking ahead of tonight’s huge match, Meireles was not hearing any part of Rosell’s unfounded theory.

“We’re all aware of the great player we have in our national team, in my opinion no less than the best player in the world,” Meireles told UEFA.com as he described Ronaldo’s importance to the Portugal national team.

The former Liverpool midfielder added: “Everybody wants him to help, that was just what happened against the Netherlands and fortunately he scored.”

Meireles and the rest of the Portugal side can certainly benefit from the presence of a Cristiano Ronaldo who shows up to face Czech Republic with some extra bit of motivation provided unintentionally by Rosell.



Reader Comments

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  1. victor says:

    whot is rosell saying..he is simply jealous of christiano ronaldo…..what i love about ronaldo is that he always focus both in country side and club side…

  2. Swaggar Dada says:

    In my opinion,I will guess some of the people commenting that Cr7 is better than “Leo”, do not watch soccer and are all “idiotos”.

  3. Somah says:

    pple n prfesionals compare messi 2 pele,mardona,platini n cruff when the hell has cr7 bn compar 2 any of the above. best player does not talk about himself he speak on the field not 2 jonalst.

  4. israel says:

    12th best indeed

  5. mohakenya says:

    hazard!!!

  6. Oshinubi tobiloba says:

    Sandro Rossel is just beign bias and foolish to have said that. Messi is only beign favoured by the officials. Barcelona should try and sell Messi to any club in England whether he can be a great asset as Ronaldo was to Man Utd. The world best player for 2011 campaing belongs to Wesley Sneidjer and not dat stupid Messi all because of sentiment Messi was giving. Up blues and CR7

  7. Oshinubi tobiloba says:

    Messi on international duty is poor to Ronaldo. Ronaldo is better than Messi for him to become the first ever best player in England which Messi cant be. He isnt good enough until he makes a move to epl to proof his qualities. Up CR7

  8. Omololu says:

    Your opinior is well granted, june 12th we all no that messi hav tired an done the best but ronaldo is the world completed in this migrate, i sugest that ronaldo is the best player of the world.

  9. Joseph says:

    We understood that christiano ronaldo has indeed tried, but messi is still the best, and i suggest that this season world best should be given to messi.

    • Ryteousman says:

      Rossel is simply jealous of CR7, he should shot up his mouth’and learn to give honour to whom it’s due,Messi is always favoured by officials, so remove d stupid uefa’s officials, Messi’s will be useless…

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