Roberto Carlos shuns Messi, Ronaldo, names ex-teammate Ronaldo Nazario as best ever

Roberto Carlos shuns Messi, Ronaldo, names ex-teammate Ronaldo Nazario as best ever

- Roberto Carlos has named former teammate Ronaldo de Lima as the greatest of all time

- The Brazilian played along with the striker at both club and country

- Carlos who was known for his curly shots admits Messi and Ronaldo are good but Nazario is better

Real Madrid legend Roberto Carlos appears to have settled the rivalry between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo by picking countryman Ronaldo de Lima as the greatest of all time.

The 2002 FIFA World Cup winner spent 11 years at the Santiago Bernabeu and shared the dressing room with the 43-year-old at both club and country.

He, however, believes that the duo of Messi and Ronaldo have nothing compared with the Brazilian icon.

Both Messi and Ronaldo have been at the top of their games in the last 15 years - winning prestigious awards at the end of almost every season.

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Carlos insists that Ronaldo de Lima operated on a different level.

"Ronaldo stood out in training. He was the best. There will never be another Ronaldo 'Fenomeno'," the 2002 World Cup winner told Goal. "Not Neymar, Cristiano or Messi – Ronaldo is unique.

"I think in our generation it was harder to score goals. It was more physical back then and attackers were less protected. But Ronaldo could do everything."

Carlos believes Eden Hazard and Neymar will take over from Messi and Ronaldo in the nearest future.

"I still think they have another three years at the very top but Neymar, [Kylian] Mbappe and Hazard will take over after Ronaldo and Messi," he stated.

"Indeed, Hazard, in a short time, will prove he is number one in the world."

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Carlos won 11 major titles during his reign at the Spanish capital including three Champions League, four La Ligas, and a few other domestic trophies.

He was part of the Galacticos team which included the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo, David Beckham and Ronaldo himself.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted that he admires the tough rivalry with Lionel Messi claiming that the Argentine has pushed him to improve his game.

For more than ten years now, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have been involved in serious rivalry most especially during when the Portuguese was playing for Real Madrid.

They have both won the Champions League and many other big titles with only the World Cup crown still missing in their cupboards.

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