Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville has claimed that Cristiano Ronaldo’s best years were in a Manchester United shirt and that his former teammate has not displayed the same levels of consistency since he left Old Trafford.
Ronaldo continues to break records whilst playing for Real Madrid and became the first player to score 100 Champions League goals on Tuesday evening.
Having won almost every trophy possible in his playing career, Ronaldo is widely recognised to be one of the best players to have ever played the game.
But whilst he has won more awards and trophies at Real Madrid than anywhere else, the Portuguese international’s former United teammate has suggested that his best form came in England with the Red Devils.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Neville said: “When he was at United, between 2006 and 2008, I still maintain that’s his best two football years as a football player, in terms of his contribution through the whole game.
“Since he’s gone to Real Madrid he’s contributed enormously to everything they’ve done but he’s living more off moments rather than a contribution through a whole 90 minutes.”
Though Ronaldo continues to enjoy great success in the beautiful game, many are now pondering how long the 32-year-old can keep up his superb form.
Despite his advancing years, Neville has rubbished suggestions that the 2016 Ballon d’Or winner will begin to show decline and has explained why he thinks Ronaldo can continue to play for many years to come.
The former Valencia head coach added: “I was thinking the other day, what’s the long game for him? And I wonder if he’s going to go on and play into his 40s.
“I think he’ll go on for a long, long time. And in this game, he’s becoming a goal-scorer, he’s getting in the box more, he’s coming across the near post, his heading is incredible anyway.
“He knows he can’t go up and down all the time now. He knows he can’t go past players all the time. He’ll become a goalscorer, a poacher and a good one.”