In an interview with the French press and reported by Spanish paper AS, Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema has labelled his teammate Cristiano Ronaldo as the best player of all time – emulating Pele and Diego Maradona.
The Portuguese forward picked up his second Ballon d’Or in January, and has since continued his fine goalscoring form to help his side challenge for titles on all-fronts.
In La Liga and the Champions League, Ronaldo has notched a combined 36 goals – more than any other player in Europe.
His side Real Madrid currently top La Liga by four points after registering another victory this weekend – this time a cagey 1-0 win at Malaga with Ronaldo grabbing the winner. They have also reached the Copa Del Rey final – beating Atletico Madird in the semi-final – and look set to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
It has been an impressive debut season for Carlo Ancelotti, and the Italian has successfully found a system to benefit Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema – the deadly BBC trio now dubbed by the Spanish media.
Long-standing Arsenal target Karim Benzema was reportedly close to leaving the club in the summer – with the Emirates named a likely destination – but the French international striker remained in Madrid.
The decision seems to be paying dividends, and the 26-year-old spoke of his happiness at lining-up alongside the player he named as the best of all time - Cristiano Ronaldo.
He added: “In my opinion Cristiano is the best player of all time.”
“I get the chance to play alongside the best player in the world, Cristiano. I’m so happy to get along well with him.”
Is Cristiano Ronaldo the greatest player of all time?