Cristiano Ronaldo named as the greatest player ever ahead of Messi

Cristiano Ronaldo marked his return to Old Trafford with a brace as Manchester United beat Newcastle United 4-1 at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Following Ronaldo’s performance against Newcastle United, ex-Nigeria international Dele Olorundare believes the endless debate over who is the greater player between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo “is over”.

According to Olorundare, Ronaldo is the greatest player of all time ahead of PSG forward Messi.

“What a way to mark a return to Manchester United! Again, Ronaldo has shown that age is just a number in the beautiful game,” Olorundare told Goal.

“I feel his performance against Newcastle United has just put an end to the unending debate on who is greater between Ronaldo and [Lionel] Messi. That is now over and it is crystal clear that the Portuguese legend is the greatest of all time.

“In addition, he has proven the naysayers wrong because I am very sure many people criticised manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for bringing him back to Old Trafford.

“When some of his contemporaries have hung their boots and possibly gone into coaching, at 36 it looked like he [Ronaldo] is just starting his football career.

“Trust me, he doesn’t look like he would retire any time soon because his strength and speed are just unbelievable.”