Former Real Madrid defender: Cristiano Ronaldo is more complete than original Ronaldo
Former Real Madrid defender Paco Pavon claims that Cristiano Ronaldo is a more complete player than the original Ronaldo.
Pavon believes that while the Brazilian was the better number nine, the Portuguese star is a much more complete forward.
Speaking ahead of the Champions League clash with Manchester United, Pavon ran the rule over the fixture and the potential match winners.
"You can't compare Ronaldo Nazario with Cristiano Ronaldo," he stressed. "They are different. Ronaldo was a striker, a real killer. Cristiano is a broader type of forward and plays everywhere. He's more complete, but Ronnie was so special. Nowadays there are fewer No. 9s, but he was the best.
Pavon played his part in a thrilling quarter-final clash at Old Trafford back in 2003, with United running out 4-3 winners over los Blancos on the night, only to be beaten 6-5 on aggregate thanks to a stunning hat-trick from his former Brazilian team-mate.
"I have great memories of Old Trafford," Pavon enthused. "Ronaldo was excellent that day. We took advantage but [David] Beckham's two goals scared us a bit.
"But I will never forget Ronaldo's performance and his magic. The Old Trafford fans are so impressive. They always support the team, they represent English football. Spain is different - no better, no worse. I played at Anfield too but I always preferred Old Trafford."