Cristiano Ronaldo needs to maintain his current form for another two years before he can be called one of the world’s greatest players, claims Pele, the man regarded by many as the game’s finest player.
The Brazilian, who won three World Cups, said Ronaldo was “one of the good players” but it was too soon to call him one of the best in the world.
“To mention him as one of the best players in the world is very soon… We have Kaka, who plays very well, too.
“Four or five years ago, we had Ronaldinho in good shape. We have to wait a little bit. Let’s see, in one or two more years, if they keep at the same level.”
United manager Alex Ferguson recently compared Ronaldo’s skills to those of Pele.
Pele also spoke in support of Maradona, the Argentinian who is seen as Pele’s only rival as the game’s greatest ever player, but who was recently readmitted to hospital in Buenos Aires with alcohol-related problems.
“It’s a shame because two years ago Maradona opened a programme, a talk show, and I was there to help him with the first programme,” said Pele.
“At that time, he was very well. He had recovered. Unfortunately, now he’s back in hospital.
“It’s difficult to say exactly what happened because before it was drugs and now the doctors say it’s alcohol… but I feel very sorry for him being in hospital.”