Ronaldo suggests surprising Premier League club is best for youngsters

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Brazilian legend Ronaldo has claimed that Chelsea is the best Premier League club for young players.

38-year-old Ronaldo is commonly considered to be one of the greatest players in the history of professional football, scoring over 350 goals in 518 competitive fixtures.

He played for such great clubs as Barcelona, Internazionale and Real Madrid, and won two World Cups with Brazil, whilst missing out on Gold at the 1998 edition having suffered a convulsive fit which limited his influence in the final.

Despite his incredible talent, the 98-capped international retired in 2011 at the age of just 34-years-old, with injuries and fitness issues plighting his career.

An early arrival to European football, the forward joined Dutch club PSV Eindhoven in 1994, aged just 17. Under the instruction of Brazilian teammate Romario - who himself spent a spell in the Netherlands - the youngster netted 54 goals in 58 games to kick-start his career in the limelight.

However, Ronaldo believes that the Premier League is now the ideal place for young players to start their careers, claiming that Chelsea should be the wanted destination, with Jose Mourinho a great coach.

Speaking at the PokerStars The Duel competition, Ronaldo was quoted by We Ain’t Got No History as saying: “Yes, the Premier League is the right place because of the nature of the football in England which involves a lot of goals and attacking, forward football.

“Especially the players under the coaching of Jose Mourinho, they have a lot of potential due to the nature of Mourinho as a coach, so I definitely think the Premier League is the place to be for these young talents.”

It seems strange for a player who was playing consistent first-team football at the age of 17 to be praising the youth efforts of a team such as Chelsea, where promising talents are often shipped out on loan, and then sold, before ever making an appearance for the Blues. His praising of Jose Mourinho is worthy of a great coach, but he is still a coach who overlooks young players in favour of established stars. However, when a player of Ronaldo’s ability suggests which club he would move to as a youngster, it would be wise to accept his opinion.

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