Former Portugal coach insists Cristiano Ronaldo is not the ‘best player’ he’s ever coached

Former Portugal manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has praised Cristiano Ronaldo but stopped short of calling him the best player he has ever coached.

Scolari, who managed the Portugal national team from 2004 to 2008, included Ronaldo in the squad for Euro 2004, marking Ronaldo’s first major tournament where Portugal finished as runners-up to Greece.

Over his extensive four-decade coaching career, the 75-year-old Scolari has worked with numerous top-tier players at both club and national levels.

This elite group includes legends such as Ronaldo Nazario (R9), Kaka, Ronaldinho, Roberto Carlos, Rivaldo, Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard, and John Terry.

While Scolari acknowledges Cristiano’s exceptional talent, he refrains from singling him out as the best among the distinguished players he has coached.

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“When I coached him in the national team, it was clear that he had a lot of quality. We were very successful in our project, and he was an important player in that,” Scolari told Arabic outlet, Winwin, via A Bola.

“I can’t say that Cristiano is the best player I’ve ever coached because I worked with many special players who still play today.”

He chose not to disclose who he considers the best player he has ever worked with.

Scolari did, however, commend the 39-year-old Ronaldo for his remarkable achievement of participating in a record-breaking sixth European Championship this summer, according to the BBC.

“Of course, Cristiano belongs to this elite class. He was another of the excellent players I coached.”

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