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Cristiano Ronaldo isn't in the top five players of all-time, according to former Real Madrid and AC Milan star Antonio Cassano.
Ronaldo recently became the highest-scoring international goalscorer of all-time, adding to an esteemed list of records the five-time Ballon d'Or winner has broken in his career.
The 36-year-old has been successful in three different leagues and is the record scorer in the Champions League, a competition he has won five times.
Ronaldo's agent and close friend Jorge Mendes has always bigged up his client's achievements, claiming the Portuguese superstar is "he best player in the history of football and with a big difference compared to the second".
But Cassano, who played 39 times for Italy, is not having it whatsoever.
Antonio Cassano: "Let's stop playing games: is Cristiano Ronaldo the best player in history? He's not even in the top five. For me, Messi, Pele, Maradona, Cruyff and Ronaldo (Brazil flag) are on another level.— Manuel Menacho (@ManuelMenacho0) October 19, 2021
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"Enough theatre," Cassano said on Christian Vieiri's 'BoboTV' Twitch channel, as per The Mirror.
"Is Cristiano Ronaldo the best in the history of football?
"He is not even in the top five.
"For me, [Lionel] Messi, Pele, [Diego] Maradona, [Johan] Cruyff and Ronaldo [Nazario] are on another level."
Cassano's former teammate Vieri interjected, revealing he would put Marco van Basten in instead of Cruyff.
Cassano has been highly critical of Ronaldo in recent years, stating that he was a "failure" at Juventus and is someone who "only thinks about himself".
In addition, he also controversially claimed that the Manchester United star cares more about his social media image than the team he plays for.
"Cristiano Ronaldo is a manufactured talent," Cassano said according to Spanish media outlet AS.
"You also notice it on social networks where you see him doing sit-ups with his children.
"There is a lot of talk about him, less about Messi. But in football they are two completely different things. CR7 is very strong, but he has a built talent.
"Messi, on the other hand, is Federer, Jordan, Maradona; something we will never see again in life, he has immense talent as a gift from nature."
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