Brazil icon Ronaldo de Lima has snubbed Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo when debating who the greatest players of all time are.
The three-time FIFA Player of the Year was discussing a “special group” of the most talented footballers the game has ever witnessed.
The 46-year-old then opted against naming the Portuguese captain in his list, marking another blow for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
“I think there is a very, very special group where you have Diego, Messi, Cruyff, Beckenbauer, Pelé, Van Basten, Ronaldinho.
“I would include myself. Let the fans say, let them debate it in the bars. But you can’t rank them, can’t compare generations.”
This will unquestionably come as a dent to former Juventus and Real Madrid superstar’s pride that he wasn’t named in Ronaldo de Lima’s exclusive list of the game’s best ever.
Cristiano Ronaldo has endured a disastrous start to the new season, with Ten Hag sparingly using him in his team.
His struggles were further compounded last week after the United boss banished him from the first team for storming out of the pitch before the full-time whistle of their clash against Tottenham.