Zlatan Ibrahimovic explains why Ronaldo is the greatest player of all-time

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is regarded as a bonafide legend in his homeland Sweden and it's safe to say that he will go down as one the best and most charismatic footballers of his generation.

The 35-year-old knows a thing or two about scoring goals, having registered an incredible 400 goals in 694 club appearances, as well as 62 more for his country, and he's had his say on who the greatest player of all time is.

Speaking exclusively to United Review, Manchester United's official match programme, the striker hailed a three-time FIFA World Player of the Year and two-time Ballon d'Or winner as the best to have ever graced the beautiful game and even revealed that he used to idolised this superstar.


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According to Zlatan, Brazilian legend Ronaldo, who won two World Cups and picked up numerous individual awards during his stellar career, is the greatest of all time and, in the interview, United's new number nine explained his decision.

When asked what made the 40-year-old so special, Ibrahimovic said: "I think Ronaldo was phenomenal. He was the player that whatever he did it became 'Wow!'. He could do a difficult thing and it became magic.

He continued: "He would take the ball and it was like him saying 'I'll take care of it now'. You didn't have that kind of football player before and you don't have it today. He doesn't exist.

"As a young player I watched him and said to myself 'I want to be exactly like that'... the player who makes the difference, the shining light, simple as that."

Zlatan and Ronaldo

So, the enigmatic Swede has explained why Ronaldo, not Pele, Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, is the best of all-time, and comparisons can be made between the respective careers of the two centre-forwards.

At their world-class best, they will go down in history as two of the strongest and most clinical finishers, proven by the fact Ibrahimovic is his country's all-time leading goalscorer, while Ronaldo is second in the Brazil goalscoring charts, only behind Pele.

Also, Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic made their way around Europe and have both represented Barcelona and the two Milan clubs in Italy.

Ronaldo has also played for reigning Champions League winners Real Madrid, whilst Zlatan's career has also seen him ply his trade at some of the world's biggest clubs including Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and now at Man United.

Do YOU agree with Zlatan? How good was Ronaldo in his prime? Have YOUR say in the comments box below!

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