Van der Vaart said Cristiano Ronaldo was his best teammate and not Zlatan. The former Dutch football midfielder considers Ronaldo and Maradona superior to Messi for the reasons he mentioned.
Rafael van der Vaart, who has played for various teams across Europe, played with Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Ajax in the early 2000s. In an interview with Tuttosport,
Van der Vaart
“We were young, he wanted to be the no 1 and I wanted the same, we were not friends but we were a nice striking partner on the pitch. He was a no 9 and I was a no 10,”
Is Zlatan the best player you have ever played with?
“No, it was Cristiano Ronaldo. I was lucky to play with him at Real Madrid. We are talking about a machine capable of scoring 700 goals in his career. There will never be again another player like him or [Lionel] Messi. I prefer Ronaldo by the way, because of his mentality and because he has won everywhere.”
However, Van Der Vaart believes Diego Maradona is the best player in history:
Romario was my idol, but Maradona is the best of all time,
” he said.
“Maradona did something unique with Napoli. They won they only two Scudetto in their history thanks to him. Messi is a champion but, believe me, if he’d join a club like Hamburger SV, they would improve but they wouldn’t win as Diego did with Napoli and Argentina.”
The 37-year-old retired two years ago.
“I wish I could play in Italy, I came close to joining Juventus from Hamburger SV in 2007 but the deal collapsed. I joined Real Madrid thw following season, the most important club in the world, not too bad…”
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