Never before has football seen someone quite so egotistical one minute and sincere the next as Cristiano Ronaldo.
Real Madrid’s superstar rates himself as one of the sport’s greatest ever players but clearly cares about the welfare of others, often seen posing for pictures with fans and making charitable donations.
He certainly has his critics, but there’s no denying Ronaldo is a wonderful person.
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However, in a recent interview with Italian magazine Undici, per Spanish outlet AS, his big-headed alter ego came to the fore.
When asked for his thoughts on his career, Ronaldo replied in a manner that only he would.
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He said: “Where would I rate myself amongst the top players of the last twenty years? Thinking positively, then I believe with what I’ve achieved, I'm the best of the lot.”
Typical. Ronaldo continued to detail the impact he’s made on football.
“The best athletes always influence their sport,” the Portugal international added, “so I think I’ve had an important impact.
“I can’t say how much, but if you can run faster, jump higher than the rest, be consistently strong and agile, then you can make your talent as effective as it can be.
“I’ve worked hard to get to the highest level and I’ll continue doing it to stay where I am. I maintain the same attitude and dedication in every single training session and in every match.
“I look after myself so I can keep making history in football well into the future.”
Ronaldo thinks a lot of himself, of course, but it’s hard to argue against him given the sheer hard work he has shown since arriving at Manchester United as a pimple-faced teenager in 2003.
Extra hours on the training ground and in the gym have seen the Portuguese become one of football’s best ever players and a role model for aspiring youngsters.
His focus will now be on Euro 2016 in France, where he will captain Portugal and hope to guide them to glory.
On the European Championships, Ronaldo said: “I feel like I’m a citizen of the world, but also a Portuguese man who loves where he comes from and is proud to represent my country at the highest level.
“After Euro 2004 I’ve felt responsible for being part of this great generation. I know a lot of boys and girls look up to me today as an inspiration.”
Portugal begin their Euro 2016 campaign next Tuesday when they face Iceland, with Austria and Hungary also in Group F.