Gerrard calls Ronaldo ‘the GOAT’ – only a yr after he backed Messi
- Al-Ettifaq boss Steven Gerrard hailed Cristiano because the GOAT in an interview
- It comes only a yr after he named Lionel Messi as the best participant of all time
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Gerrard, who manages Al-Ettifaq within the Middle East, was speaking in regards to the Al-Nassr ahead in a chat with the Saudi Pro League as he raved in regards to the former Man United star’s affect on the division since arriving in January.
The Liverpool legend has solely been with Al-Ettifaq since July however has already obtained accustomed to his environment as he started talking positively in regards to the league and the way Ronaldo had began the pattern of superstars heading to Saudi.
‘The arrival of the ‘GOAT’ as we name him, Cristiano, him arriving in January,’ he stated. ‘Obviously enormous signing, nonetheless had a number of soccer to supply. From afar, for six months, I used to be trying in at Cristiano Ronaldo’s outcomes, watching some video games, watching some highlights.
‘I feel from that second, the league around the globe grew to become a extremely popular speaking level for everybody.’
Steven Gerrard has appeared to alter his thoughts on who the GOAT is after arriving in Saudi
The Al-Ettifaq boss stated Ronaldo was the best – having beforehand backed Lionel Messi
Gerrard’s declare that Ronaldo is ‘The GOAT’ comes only a yr after he named Messi because the world’s biggest ever participant in a chat with Gary Neville.
While showing on The Overlap, with Sky Bet, Gerrard was requested by Neville to choose his biggest participant of all time.
He replied: ‘Lionel Messi for me.’
Gerrard appeared in opposition to Ronaldo many instances whereas he was at Liverpool and the Portuguese star was at Man United – and likewise went up in opposition to him within the Champions League when the ahead moved to Real Madrid.
The ‘GOAT’ debate between Ronaldo and Messi is one which has raged on for many years, with Ronaldo having a powerful case after his unbelievable goalscoring profession that has seen him smash in 737 targets in 993 appearances – plus 146 for his nation – and he is gained 32 trophies alongside the way in which.
Gerrard Al-Ettifaq have already overwhelmed Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr facet 2-1 earlier on this season
However, many would now facet with Messi in that equation after the ex-Barcelona star gained the fabled World Cup with Argentina final yr.
Gerrard’s Al-Ettifaq facet have performed Al-Nassr twice this season – beating them one within the league 2-1 because of targets from Robin Quaison and Moussa Dembele – after Sadio Mane had opened the scoring early on, with Ronaldo absent.
Al-Nassr then beat Gerrard’s workforce within the King Cup of Champions recreation – with Mane once more on the scoresheet after it went to additional time. Ronaldo performed the total 120 minutes however could not get on the scoresheet.
Al-Ettifaq are at present seventh within the desk below Gerrard after six wins, 4 attracts and three losses – whereas Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr are second within the league and 4 factors behind leaders Al-Hilal, who’re unbeaten.