World's Best: Jose Mourinho Snubs Ronaldo

Jose Mourinho has named his top three soccer players of all time — and snubbed Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portuguese boss (53) omitted his fellow countryman in favour of Lionel Messi, Pele and Diego Maradona.

When asked to pick who were the best three of all time, he said: “For me the top three players in history are Messi, Pele and Maradona.” 

Mourinho spent three years working with Ronaldo at Real Madrid between 2010 and 2013 and in his final season the winger won the Ballon d’Or.

The Manchester United manager claimed in 2013: “He [Ronaldo] is the best. The best in the world, yes. Probably the best ever. “I saw Maradona a couple of times. I never saw Pele. But Cristiano is amazing. This man is the best.”
Jose Mourinho 

Mourinho’s son, Jose (Jnr, 16) retweeted a post referencing his dad’s comments.

Ronaldo (31) was named World Player of the Year again in 2014 but lost out to arch-rival Messi (29) in 2015. But the Special One’s comments are likely to dampen Ron’s Euro 2016 triumph.

The Portugal captain managed to win silverware with his country, something Messi – who retired from Argentina duty in June – has never done. Ronaldo said Mourinho created a “bad atmosphere” during his Bernabeu reign.

Spanish journalist Guillem Balague revealed the pair “almost came to blows” during a half-time team-talk. In his book Cristiano Ronaldo: The Biography, he claimed the Madrid talisman reacted angrily to a half-time instruction to defend more.

He said: “The situation escalated to the point where Cristiano had to be held back (some sources say by Casillas, others say by Arbeloa and Khedira, or even Sergio Ramos) to prevent the pair from coming to blows.

“Ronaldo took what should have been understood as a tactical comment as a personal attack. The relationship between Mourinho and Ronaldo would never be the same again.” Mourinho also left out new signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic from his three choices.

The Swede (34) recently claimed he will be God of Manchester in response to United legend Eric Cantona’s comments. Meanwhile, Mourinho has told Juan Mata he does have a future at Manchester United — but he will only play one game in three.

The Portuguese boss made the playmaker and fan favourite into an outcast when he returned to Chelsea before selling him to United for £37.1million in 2014.

Mourinho felt Mata was unwilling to work back and preferred the industry of Brazilians Oscar and Willian. Spanish star Mata, who is on tour with United in China, is understood to want to stay and fight for his place.

He believes he can impress Mourihno enough on tour to show he is worth a regular start.

United fans have taken Mata (28) to their hearts. He has scored 21 goals in 86 Premier League appearances — more strikes and league games than he played for Chelsea — and managed 26 in 104 games in all competitions since his move. 

He appeared to be on his way out with Mourinho’s arrival but was told face to face by the new boss he will have a role to play if he accepts his place in the pecking order. The player recognises his value in the market has gone down since he moved to Manchester. — The Sun.

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