Sunday Sep 12, 2021. 13:00
Former Nigeria international Dele Olorundare strongly believes that Cristiano Ronaldo proved that he is the greatest footballer of all time on Saturday.
The Portuguese superstar impressed against Newcastle United as he grabbed a brace on his second debut for Manchester United in their 4-1 triumph in the English Premier League encounter.
Olorundare, who played for TKI Tavsanlıi Linyitspor in Turkey, made it known that the endless debate over who is the greater player between Ronaldo, 36, and Argentine superstar forward Lionel Messi, 34, is over.
“What a way to mark a return to Manchester United! Again, Ronaldo has shown that age is just a number in the beautiful game,” Olorundare told Goal.
“I feel his performance against Newcastle United has just put an end to the unending debate on who is greater between Ronaldo and [Lionel] Messi. That is now over and it is crystal clear that the Portuguese legend is the greatest of all time.
“In addition, he has proven the naysayers wrong because I am very sure many people criticised manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for bringing him back to Old Trafford,” he continued.
“When some of his contemporaries have hung their boots and possibly gone into coaching, at 36 it looked like he [Ronaldo] is just starting his football career.
“Trust me, he doesn’t look like he would retire any time soon because his strength and speed are just unbelievable.”
The win took United to the top of the Premier League standings and Olorundare feels that the Red Devils can win the league title if Ronaldo maintains his rich scoring form.
“Well, we can’t say they [Manchester United] will be crowned as champions this season because they defeated Newcastle United,” he continued.
“However, that is not a near-impossible task if Ronaldo keeps up with his rich scoring form.”
Ronaldo helped United clinch three consecutive Premier League titles during his first stint with the club between 2003 and 2009.