Cristiano Ronaldo is not as good as Eusebio, claims legend

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Real Madrid legend Luis Figo has rejected comparisons between Cristiano Ronaldo and Eusebio, insisting that the latter has no rivals.

28-year-old Ronaldo has been in sensational form at the Santiago Bernabeu, replicating the form that made him the world's most-expensive footballer following an £80 million move from Premier League champions Manchester United in 2009. 

Consistent displays of brilliance and an increased potency in front of goal have led many to believe he and Barcelona star Lionel Messi have established credible claims as the greatest players the sport has ever seen. 

Figo, however, who was one of the most high-profile signings of the ongoing 'Galactico' era in the Spanish capital after moving from fierce rivals Barca at the turn of the millennium, claims that Eusebio remains the greatest in his eyes. 

In an interview with Marca that was reported by, Figo said: "It is an odious comparison, I don't think Eusebio can be compared with anyone, for me he is king.

"It is very subjective to distinguish who is the best between Eusebio, Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Figo, Diego Maradona or whoever because everyone has their own opinion."

Ronaldo notched a stunning hat-trick in Portugal's eventful 4-2 victory over Michael O'Neill's nine-man Northern Ireland outfit last week, and those goals have taken him above Eusebio and up in to second place on the nation's list of all-time top scorers. 

With 43 strikes to his name in 106 caps to date, Ronaldo needs just five more to edge ahead of former Paris-Saint German striker Pauleta, who netted 47 goals in just 88 appearances for his country. 

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