Real Madrid coach, Zinedine Zidane has described Cristiano Ronaldo as the greatest player ever.

“Yes. His numbers speak for it, both in terms of what he has done and what’s still to come,” Zidane said when asked if he felt his number seven was the best of all time.

”I want him here forever. He’s really happy in Madrid and he’ll finish his career here, he said it himself. There’s no more words you can use to describe Cristiano. What he does is phenomenal.

“A player could come here, spend 20 years playing in this side and still not achieve what he’s done. I hope he continues making history here until he retires.”

Winner of the prestigious award himself in 1998 after leading France to World Cup glory, Zidane was deferential when quizzed on his own achievements compared to those of Ronaldo.

“I was definitely better!” he jokingly told a news conference. “You know what I think, he’s miles better, but I didn’t have a bad career either.”

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