Pele Says He Would Have Loved to Play Alongside Cristiano Ronaldo
The legendary Pele showered high praise on Cristiano Ronaldo after he won a record equalling fifth Ballon D’Or in a special ceremony at the Eiffel Tower. Pele congratulated the Real Madrid man for his achievement and said he would have loved to play on the same team as Ronaldo.
File: Pele and Cristiano Ronaldo at the 2009 Ballon D'Or awards ceremony. (Image: AFP)
The Brazilian took to social media and said, “Congratulations to @Cristiano on winning this year’s Ballon d’Or. I would love to have played on the same side as you!”
Congratulations to @Cristiano on winning this year's Ballon d'Or. I would love to have played on the same side as you! // Parabéns ao @Cristiano por conquistar o Ballon d'Or este ano. Eu adoraria ter tido a chance de jogar ao seu lado! #BallondOr— Pelé (@Pele) December 7, 2017
The 77 year old who is considered to the one of the best footballers to have played the game, won the World Cup thrice with Brazil and scored over a 1000 goals in his career.
Ronaldo, who now has the same number of Ballon D’Or titles as Lionel Messi (5) beat off competition from the Barcelona man and the Brazilian forward Neymar – they were both second and third respectively.
Another dream come true. Unbelievable feeling. Thanks to my family, friends, teammates, coaches and everyone that stood by my side throughout the years.👌🏽🔝 pic.twitter.com/A9jyYswePD— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) December 7, 2017
Ronaldo, who unlike Messi has now won the award with two different clubs, Manchester United and Real Madrid, took to social media after receiving the award and said it was “Another Dream Come True”
He also said, "Thanks for my family, friends, teammates, coaches and everyone that stood by my side throughout the years."
Recently the Real Madrid forward made yet another record his own too, as he became the first person to score in all six UEFA Champions League group stage matches when he found the back of the net against Borussia Dortmund.
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