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Ronaldo has scored three goals at Euro 2016.

Paul Parker: Cristiano Ronaldo has been playing like Andy Carroll at Euro 2016

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Cristiano Ronaldo has been compared to a number of footballing greats throughout his illustrious career.

Whether it's countryman Luis Figo or Manchester United legend Eric Cantona, the Portugal superstar's best attributes have always been likened to those who he succeeded on the domestic and international stage.

A fresh comparison has been made, though - and it's really quite ridiculous.

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Writing for Eurosport, former United defender Paul Parker claimed Ronaldo has been playing like none other than Andy Carroll at Euro 2016.

Can't quite believe what you've just said? Well, here's what the outspoken 52-year-old had to say about his performances in France.

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"Look at Portugal as a footballing side," he said, "and you see a dour, turgid team with Ronaldo playing the game like Andy Carroll. It is not the Ronaldo of three years ago.

"All I saw last night was a player like Andy Carroll when he just wanted to head the ball and not run.

"At one point, he was flicking the ball on and trying to chase it himself. I thought I was watching some sort of League One match in England with the big centre forward trying to flick the ball on to the little nippy nine alongside him.

"It was embarrassing watching what Ronaldo was doing. Or trying to do. You would never see Lionel Messi doing that."

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But was Parker finished there? Of course he wasn't.

"[Ronaldo] hasn’t got any natural tricks," he controversially added. "All his tricks are related to pace."

Brutal. What's amusing is that Parker - infamous for scoring an embarrasing own goal for United in 1990 - has the audacity to publicly criticise a three-time Ballon d'Or winner.

Sorry, Paul, but you're on your own with this one.

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Topics:
Wayne Rooney
La Liga
Real Madrid
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Cristiano Ronaldo
Portugal National Football Team
Manchester United
UEFA Champions League
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