JOSE MOURINHO has named 1994 and 2002 World Cup winner Ronaldo as the greatest player he has ever seen – ahead of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The former Chelsea, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Inter Milan boss has worked with many of the world's greatest players in a managerial career that seen him win 25 trophies.
But it was the Brazilian Ronaldo that blew the 56-year-old away.
Mourinho was working as a translator at Barcelona when the-then 19-year-old Ronaldo blasted in 47 goals in 49 games for the Catalan giants.
The superstar then went on to be prolific in spells at Inter Milan, Real Madrid, AC Milan and Corinthians.
Mourinho told LiveScore: "Ronaldo, El Fenomeno, Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi have had longer careers, they have remained at the top every day for 15 years.
"However, if we are talking strictly about talent and skill, nobody surpasses Ronaldo [Nazario].
"When he was at Barcelona with Bobby Robson, I realised that he was the best player I'd ever seen take to the field.
“Injuries killed a career that could have been even more incredible, but the talent that that 19-year-old boy had was something incredible.
“In 1997, Barcelona played against PSG in Rotterdam and Ronaldo's goal, 1-0. Awesome.”
Mourinho worked with Cristiano Ronaldo between 2010 and 2013, with the Portugal star helping his compatriot manager to end Barcelona's La Liga dominance by winning it in 2012.
The Special One has since been linked with a return to the Spanish capital.
As for Ronaldo – the Brazilian did win two Ballon d'Ors – but Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have incredibly won five each.
El Fenomeno scored a stunning 414 goals for club and country.
And while Messi and Cristiano have surpassed that haul – Ronaldo will always be remembered for lighting up his generation as one of the most electrifying players the world has ever seen.Harry Kane reacts to England's 2-1 loss to Czech Republic in Euro 2020 qualifier
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