Cristiano Ronaldo snubbed as Capello names Messi, Pele, Maradona as 3 football geniuses

Cristiano Ronaldo snubbed as Capello names Messi, Pele, Maradona as 3 football geniuses

- Cristiano Ronaldo was snubbed by Fabio Capello who has named the 3 players he believes are the greatest

- The former England manager named Barcelona star Lionel Messi, Brazil legend Pele, and Argentine icon Diego Maradona

- Fabio Capello believes these three players are the only football geniuses in the world

Cristiano Ronaldo has been snubbed by former England manager Fabio Capello who believes Lionel Messi, Pele,and Diego Maradona are the only three football geniuses in the world.

The Portugal international was in superb form on Tuesday night, March 12, as he scored three goals which helped Juventus beat visiting Atletico Madrid in the UCL round of 16 clash.

Ronaldo's incredible show against Atletico Madrid sparked huge debate among football fans on who is better between the ex Real Madrid star and Lionel Messi.

Messi on the other hand responded with a brace on Wednesday night, March 13, in Barcelona's 5-1 win over Lyon which sent the Catalans to the Champions League quarterfinals.

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And while speaking as a pundit on Sky Sports Italia, 72-year-old Fabio Capello explained that Cristiano Ronaldo is not among the three greatest players in history.

"Messi is a genius, Ronaldo is an extraordinary footballer. Messi is brilliant because he does invented things, he is pure genius.

"Ronaldo is extraordinary, he makes you win Cups and everything what you want, but Messi is a genius.

"In the history of football there have been only three ball geniuses: Pele, Maradona and Messi,'' Capello explained.

Earlier, had reported how Rio Ferdinand described Cristiano Ronaldo as a "living god" following his heroics in Juventus Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid.

The Bianconeri needed to overturn the two-goal deficit in the first leg suffered at the hands of Diego Simeone's side at Wanda Metropolitano and Ronaldo scored three in Turin. ( -> We have updated to serve you better

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