Ronaldo one of the best ever, says Portugal manager

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Former Manchester United man Cristiano Ronaldo will still be one of the greatest, even if Portugal don't make the World Cup - at least according to his international boss.

Portugal boss Paulo Bento has backed Cristiano Ronaldo to be remembered as one of the game’s greatest, even if he doesn’t get to this summer’s World Cup.

The Real Madrid man is preparing to face Sweden in the play-offs for Brazil 2014 next month.

However, Portugal coach has insisted that even if they fail to make the tournament, the former Manchester United forward will still go down as one of the best players ever.

“Eusebio was never a world champion nor a European champion with the national team and we are talking about two of the best players in world football history,” Bento told reporters

“They will be for many years as two of the best in the history of Portugal. Ronaldo is a tremendous player that will mark an era.

“I do not believe that to remain as one of the world’s best players ever, and especially the best in Portugal, that he needs to win a major competition.

“Ronaldo as captain? There does not seem to be any pressure. He has taken it on normally.

“He has accumulated experienced with the national team and his club and that has been very important for him. And when he took such a role he was still very young. True, he still is, but he is a more mature player, more experienced.

“Not only has he been an example in terms of play and leadership, but he is highly respected by his peers. We are extremely happy with everything he has done as part of the national side.”

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