Where does Cristiano Ronaldo sit in the pantheon of all-time greats?
His numbers - in terms of goals scored, specifically - are nothing short of ridiculous. Three-hundred and sixty-four goals in 348 appearances for Real Madrid, the 11-time European champions.
But where does he belong when discussing football’s true greats; the likes of Pele, Diego Maradona, Alfredo di Stefano, Johan Cruyff and, of course, Lionel Messi.
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According to Paul Merson, the former Arsenal midfielder who now works as a pundit for Sky Sports, Ronaldo is - wait for it - 100 times worse than Maradona.
The 48-year-old was speaking after Ronaldo’s nightmarish performance for Portugal against Austria at Euro 2016, in which the world-class forward missed a host of chances including a second-half penalty.
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Merson: Maradona is '100 times better' than Cristiano
“People tell me Cristiano Ronaldo is a better player than Diego Maradona, but I watched him against Austria and that's rubbish,” Merson wrote in his latest Sky Sports column. “Maradona is 100 times better.
“Ronaldo looks great when he's playing for Real Madrid battering other teams 9-0 every week but when you ask him to carry a team on his shoulders, he can't do it.
“People tell me he was unlucky because his penalty hit the post - but luck should not come into it when you take a penalty.”
Merson: Portugal should beat Hungary
Merson, however, believes Portugal will have enough to defeat Hungary in their third and final group-stage match this week.
“Portugal have to win this or else there is a real risk of them going out,” he added. “I think they'll nick it.”
Ronaldo confident he'll score against Hungary
Ronaldo was among the favourites to finish as Euro 2016’s top scorer, alongside Germany’s Thomas Muller and France’s Antoine Griezmann, due to the favourable group Portugal were drawn to be in.
However, with one group match left to play, Ronaldo and his teammates currently find themselves languishing third in Group F.
Ronaldo, despite his unwavering efforts, failed to score against both Iceland and Austria and will be desperate to break his duck on Wednesday night.
"That's football my friend, sometimes nothing goes your way," Ronaldo told Marca after the draw against Austria. "It's just like that thing I said about ketchup right?
"Nothing happens for a while, but soon I will score again - goals and penalties.”
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