Inter coach Jose Mourinho believes Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a better player than Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo.
The former Chelsea manager’s comments come just days after his side were drawn against Ronaldo’s Manchester United in the first knockout round of the Champions League.
“When I think about how a player should be what comes to mind is players like Kaka, Ibrahimovic and (Lionel) Messi, who is a phenomenon and in two or three years will win the Ballon d’Or,” Mourinho told Italian TV.
“Ronaldo is a good player but he’s certainly not the best. He deserved the Ballon d’Or because his team won the Champions League and Premier League, he played and he scored. But for me, Ibrahimovic is better.
“Zlatan is in love with football, he has a big heart and he emotionally aggressive,” added the Inter coach.
“When I made him play many matches in a row, for the Italian football world I was doing what destroys children.
“But what I was trying to do was build a team with mental strength and he is in the perfect condition to win the Ballon d’Or. He should win it.”