A look back at the Best Ronaldo Nazario quotes including his quotes on Barcelona and his own playing style as well his famous comments about Messi, Ronaldo and other famous football stars.
Ronaldo Nazario is considered as one of the best players in the history of football. Nicknames 'the Phenomenon', Ronaldo was the world's biggest star before the era of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. He was the complete striker. Ronaldo had speed, incredible shooting, eye-catching technique and goal scoring instinct.
Ronaldo won almost every trophy in football. He was selected the world's best player three times and won the FIFA World Cup twice withBrazil
. He never was able to win the Champions League, but it does not change the fact that the Brazilian is among the most exciting players ever to grace the football pitch.
Ronaldo suffered from many heavy injuries and missed the best years of his career. Who knows how much more he could achieve was it not for his unfortunate injuries. He is indeed one of the most enigmatic personalities in the history of football. In the following article we present you with a complete collection of the
Ronaldo Nazario quotes
In every generation, young football fans argue endlessly about who is the best player of the history of football. In this generation the debate is mostly between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo Nazario fans. Ronaldo Nazario has praised both Messi and Ronaldo Nazario many times. The followings are the best Ronaldo Nazario quotes about Messi and Ronaldo Nazario:
I love Messi with the ball at his feet: he scores goals and does all the rest, too. But Cristiano’s numbers can’t be ignored. It’s a cruel comparison. Both of them deserve respect.
With his incredible attitude, with his incredible winning mentality, Cristiano Ronaldo Nazario is a unique player.
It'd be best if Cristiano Ronaldo Nazario retired at Real Madrid and then worked at the club.
He is different from the player I saw at Real Madrid, he knows how to manage himself now. Did you see him against Sassuolo? Even if he stays in the shadows for the whole game, he can hurt in the space of one minute. He probably can play until he is 40 years old.
Ronaldo Nazario was a great football player. Truly one of the best in the history of football. He was one of those players who demonstrate their creativity and character on the field with a level close to perfection. Ronaldo Nazario played at many big clubs includingBarcelona
. He was the best player of Brazil's golden generation which won and the 2002 World Cup. He also reached the final of the 1998 World Cup and was an in Brazil's winning squad at the 1994 tournament. The followings are the
greatest Ronaldo Nazario quotes
on football, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Brazil national team.
We lost because we didn't win.
Football is great because you always have another opportunity to change history.
Criticism is nonsense. TV shows and newspapers just want to fill the space.
It’s inevitable that you feel scared when you don’t have control of a situation.
To play a soccer game, you have to be in very good shape.
Teams are a collective expression.
There are many ways to see football and interpret it.
All good players are interesting.
In Spain, the game's a lot more open. They score a lot more goals. They play football more. Here in Italy, they are much more concerned with tactics and strategy, and sometime we don't play football.
It will take time for us all to understand what has happened to us, but it is a joy to be surrounded by such happiness.
There is room for individuality, but without the strength of this Brazil group it is nothing.
I think all great players set a target for themselves in their careers. Mine was to win a world title with Brazil, which I did twice.
The best team I played in was the Brazilian one in 2002; we felt that we could always score. It was a team without any vanity – or individuals.
The national team is part of my life. I have an incredible history, of many conquests and also many defeats. But to play for Brazil, I have to have a club and play well. I’m not going to be picked on my past or because of my sponsor, as many have said.
The best team I played in was the Brazilian one in 2002; we felt that we could always score. It was a team without any vanity - or individuals.
I am happy where I am, I have a long way to travel for Barcelona and for Brazil. I want to win the Spanish title and the World Cup, and I think both are possible.
Barcelona has always had issues with Brazilian players: Neymar, Romario, Ronaldo Nazario, and me. We were all treated badly by the club in the end, despite all our contributions and dedication.
I have never felt cherished at the Santiago Bernabeu and I don't get why. I have never been treated with love here.
I'm here to score a lot of goals. It's my speciality, that's what I've been brought here to do, and I want to score plenty ; like I did with Barcelona. And here, there's every reason to think I can do it.
At Real Madrid, there will always be people who score goals. They are a team and not a single player, no matter how much one appears more than another.
I am much more grateful and linked to Real Madrid than to Barcelona.
In this part we will have a look at the most memorable
Ronaldo Nazario quotes
about himself, his life and his career.
I am very ambitious. I want to enjoy this and then really go for it.
My life has always been a series of challenges and I'm psychologically-prepared but this is the biggest challenge of my life.
Every time I went away I was deceiving my mum. I'd tell her I was going to school but I'd be out on the street playing football. I always had a ball on my feet.
I think I am able to distinguish between those who love me and those who love my money.
I'm sure sex wouldn't be so rewarding as this World Cup. It's not that sex isn't good but the World Cup is every four years and sex is not.
I don't want my fans to have the same disappointment as me when I was refused by some players to sign my notebook when I was young.
I was always a simple guy. I was never one for extravagances.
I am tolerant. I want to understand other points of view.
The goal of ending poverty is within reach and everyone can contribute to it by getting involved or supporting organizations that are already working to give the poor a better life... No one should be doomed to a life of poverty, whether by birth or as a consequence of war.
I don't know my weight. By knowing, I get a little traumatized. I purposely try to avoid getting on a scale.
I'm very uncomfortable, mainly with my belly.
I feel less energetic; I get pains. My quality of life has deteriorated, and it takes me longer to recover from any form of physical activity.
I couldn't have got any fatter; I was running out of clothes.
I am shocked as to how much importance my weight garners in the world we live in. I don't know why it is so important, to be honest.
Just a tiny bit of effort leaves me exhausted. Sometimes I just go up the stairs to my room, and I feel tired.
I'm only a little interested in politics. But I'm always on top of the news, both in Brazil and abroad.
Like every Brazilian child, I always wanted to be a footballer.
When I stopped playing, I gave up exercising and put on some weight.
I can't be a manager, because I think it's too tough managing 30 players thinking in different ways.
To associate my name with the United Nations is the best thing that could have happened to me.
I don't consider myself as the best player in the world. I'm not obsessed with individual titles. I'm much more interested in being part of a team which wins trophies.
I will celebrate, but I know new goals and objectives will come and I am ready to take them.
Goals are always in demand. There will always be a market for a striker who is fast, scores goals regularly and is strong. I've scored more than 100 goals and people know what they are buying.
I want to enjoy the full pleasure of our victory, but then turn to new things I hope to achieve in football.
I knew when I started playing professionally that being an idol means catering for fans. Without them, there's no game. I don't mind signing autographs, but what I really want to give fans are lots of goals.
I am going to keep on training and am looking forward to being back.
I have ambitions I want to fulfil, to enjoy more success with Brazil.
I like playing in Italy. It was a challenge I wanted since very early in my career.
I never had a problem with technique.
I trained really badly during the first 10 years of my sporting career.
The two goals in the 2002 final were, for me, the best feeling. It was beautiful.
To go to a World Cup is a dream come true, and I can claim to have experienced that four times.
I hope to maintain my credibility after I stop playing.
I had an injury in my leg, and everybody was talking about that. I decided to cut my hair and leave the small thing there. I come to training, and everybody saw me with bad hair. Everybody was talking about the hair and forgot about the injury. I could stay more calm and relaxed and focused on my training.
I've learned a lot in life, travelling, living abroad, just in the school of life.
When I retired, I stopped playing because of my body, so much pain and injuries.
When people repeatedly hit me, I would feel a sense of unfairness.
In this part of our article on the Ronaldo Nazario best quotes we will have a look at his comments on his teammates and rivals. Here are the
Ronaldo Nazario quotes
about football stars including his quotes on Paolo Maldini, Pele and Roberto Carlos.
On Roberto Carlos:
I have spent more nights with Roberto Carlos than all of the women I have been married to put together.
My best teammate was Roberto Carlos.
I was expected to run the same as Roberto Carlos or Cafu, but I just couldn't do it.
On Paolo Maldini:
Paolo Maldini. He was tough, tough, every time we played against each other. And I played against him many times. He's a very good friend.
On Martin Sorell
Learning from Martin Sorrell will be perfect. I won't leave him alone, I'll be asking him questions the whole day, just like a striker. He's going to have to tell me everything.
Pele is the greatest player in football history, and there would only be one Pele in the world.
Of course I'm flattered to be compared to Pele, but Pele only left the playing fields after scoring 1,000 goals and I'm just getting started.
Zico was my idol. He was a very good player from Flamengo, and I was a Flamengo supporter from Rio de Janeiro. I was always looking for him and saying I want to be like him. He’s my big hero.
We wrap up our article on the
Ronaldo Nazario Best quotes
with the quotes on Ronaldo Nazario himself from other football great stars.
If we are talking about singular players, Ronaldo Nazario is one of the most singular ones. He can get no ball for the whole match and determine the match with one action of his. (Vicente del Bosque)
“Coaches recommended a second defensive line against him because everyone had the impression that Ronaldo Nazario would be able to lose his marker, whether it was with a sprint, or facing a defender directly.” (Marcello Lippi)
“He’s not a man, he’s a herd. He didn’t come to France [1998 World Cup] to compete with the players of his generation but to seek a place amongst the best of the two millennia – this one and the coming. (Jorge Valdano)
“After Maradona the best player was Ronaldo Nazario. It is my opinion that he is the best of the last 20 years.” (Jose Mourinho)
“Ronaldo Nazario had pace and power and how good was his finishing? He’s the kind of striker that only needed to touch the ball once or twice to score a brace. Only great players like him can do that.” (Sergio Aguero)
“When he played for Barca, he was chosen FIFA World Player, (became) top-scorer, a lot of things that were unthinkable for a player of his age. He assumed that pressure, and won it all. I think he deserves even more respect than he receives.” (Samuel Eto’o)
Without hesitation, Ronaldo Nazario is the best player I ever played with. He had such an ease with the ball. He is number one. Every day I trained with him, I saw something different, something new, something beautiful. That’s what makes the difference between a very good player, and the exception, who, for me, is Ronaldo Nazario. (Zinedine Zidane)
“He was always an example for young people to look up to, for the way he overcame adversity. I was fortunate enough to play alongside him, my idol, for many years and we had so many great times together. He was always an idol of mine and will always be a friend. (Ronaldinho)
“Ronaldo Nazario was my hero. He was the best striker I’ve ever seen. He was so fast he could score from nothing, and could shoot the ball better than anyone” (Lionel Messi)
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Ronaldo Nazario quotes
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