Cristiano Ronaldo may not perform in every match; his performances may not always win matches; but he definitely puts up displays that destroy his opponents, and make the matches difficult even for the top players in the world.
To be able to be called Ronaldo’s appropriate opponents, a player must be equal to be. And it is not easy to be equal to Ronaldo.
5. Arturo Vidal –Bayern Munich
Following Chile’s 1-1 draw against Australia late last month, Vidal spoke with the press about Ronaldo. “Cristiano is a smart ass! For me he does not exist.” Ronaldo destroyed the Chilean midfielder on different occasions for him to finally confess.
4. Carles Puyol –Barcelona
Part of a quote, “Ronaldo is one of the best players in the history of the game”, said Puyol. This is a remarkable and entirely unexpected bit of praise from a Barcelona hero, which perhaps indicates the animosity between the two fierce rivals to be replaced by an atmosphere of mutual respect.
3. Dani Alves –PSG
Back to his time in Barcelona, Alves had to come head-to-head with the Real Madrid star. And the competition was intense. “All my fights with Cristiano were because of the press,” Alves told ABC. “If people only knew how much I respect Cristiano Ronaldo. I will repeat it to make myself clear: I respect Cristiano Ronaldo.”