Manchester United star Fred has admitted he’d prefer to have Ronaldinho and Brazil legend Ronaldo than Cristiano Ronaldo. The Red Devils midfielder was asked about the trio. And he backed his compatriots instead, admitting he was wowed by the pair while growing up.
While speaking to Esporte Interativo, Fred was asked to take one of Cristiano Ronaldo, Ronaldo and Ronaldinho out.
And he chose to omit the Juventus star, despite describing him as a ‘phenomenon’.
“Dude, it’s complicated. With numbers, if you stop to see, Cristiano is a phenomenon,” he said.
“Without a doubt, he’s one of the greatest in history. But I stay with the other two Ronaldos. What I saw these guys play was a joke.
“I think Gaucho (Ronaldinho] revolutionised the way of football, football art. And the Fenomeno playing was incredible. He had an incredible resilience.
“Complicated to talk, but I think I’ll go with the two Ronaldos. The two with whom I started watching football.”
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Fred also admitted he’d welcome more Brazilian players at United.
The club have had a mixed record when it comes to signing players from the country, dating back to when Sir Alex Ferguson ruled the roost.
Anderson and Rafael were both hits at Old Trafford during their time there – even if they perhaps didn’t ever realise their full potential.
Fabio and Kleberson, though, never scaled the heights many were expecting.
And Fred has admitted he’d welcome more players from his own country, adding: “For sure, man.
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“I’m definitely settled in every aspect now.
“I’ve been enjoying some good performances and the chance of playing a great sequence of games. That was also helpful. I’m delighted with this season. ‘
“I’m now playing well and hopefully I can keep the momentum if the league returns.
“I just want to give my best for this club, trying to be a key part of the team.”
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