Not so long ago, Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson claimed that his former player Cristiano Ronaldo is better than legendary Zinedine Zidane. A statement that is quite wrong and baffling to come up with as Ronaldo still has time left in the game and lacks a lot in comparison to great Zidane.
The Red Devils boss claimed:
“Florentino Perez had all the Galacticos at Real Madrid when he was president first time around,” “He had Figo, Zidane, Roberto Carlos, Raul in that spell. But I don’t think any of those players were as good as Ronaldo.
“Zidane was a fantastic player, Figo was a fantastic player. But not as good as Ronaldo.”
Here is why Ferguson is wrong about his comments comparing Zidane and Ronaldo.
Ferguson vs Zidane
Firstly let’s just look at Ferguson’s United record against Zidane’s side. The Red devils lost three out of four outings against the Old Lady when Zidane was the main maestro for Juventus. Not only that, Zidane magic also inspired Los Blancos in defeating Manchester United 3-1 in 2002/2003 Champions League campaign. Zidane always had that influential quality to drag his team through single handedly.
Guess it is completely unnecessary to compare Zidane’s international record with Cristiano Ronaldo because in all honesty there could be no comparison. Zidane did win the biggest prizes on offer in International football having won one World Cup and European Championship. Ronaldo has won nothing as yet.
Adding to that, Zidane almost single handedly helped France qualify for the finals of World Cup 2006 and amazingly he was able to do that at the age of 35. Can Ronaldo replicate that even in his prime, and what happens to his form when he enters 30s. We will have to wait and see.
Ronaldo’s achievements and talent can never be denied and his gameplay as compared to Zidane is completely different because of their position still Zidane provided so many things to every team he played with. Zizou was a playmaker but he contributed in all aspects, may it be offense, defense, scoring a goal, play making, stealing the ball from opponent. Probably his temper was his biggest flaw else the Frenchman was fantastic.
Ronaldo is blazingly fast and has broken records after records for Real Madrid, still he has been marked out in big games many times but Zidane refused to let that happen. The Frenchman always had the influence.
Perhaps we can judge at the end of Ronaldo’s career to who was better but for now without a doubt Zidane is ahead of the Portuguese in majority of the aspects. One may say that the piece was somewhat biased but still based on facts, Ronaldo still has a lot to achieve to even come close to a legend like Zinedine Zidane.