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Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player in the world, says Karanka after Real Madrid's win over Barcelona

Posted: 22 April 2012 Time: 11:21

Aitor Karanka has claimed that Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player in the world after he scored the winning goal in Real Madrid's 2-1 Clasico victory at Barcelona on Saturday.

The 27-year-old was decisive for Los Blancos as his fourth goal in his last five appearances against Pep Guardiola's men sealed all three points for his team, and Jose Mourinho's assistant feels his tendency to rise to the occasion separates him from his contemporaries.

"For me, Cristiano is the best player in the world. He has given us some of our greatest moments. Back in [last season's] Copa del Rey final, he gave us the title," Karanka said after the match.

"Ozil also played well tonight. These are three important points that give us confidence to continue working hard."

The victory means Madrid now move seven points clear of Barca at the Liga summit with only four matches left, and are now overwhelming favourites to lift their first Primera Division title in four years.

However, Karanka insists Saturday evening's win at Camp Nou has not decided the outcome of where the trophy will end up, and urged the side to begin focusing on Wednesday's Champions League semi-final second leg against Bayern Munich, as they aim to overturn a 2-1 deficit.

"The league is not decided yet. There are other matches left and we have to continue working hard," he continued.

"The fans are happy with the work of this team. Now we have to focus on our Champions League match."

"We have to make a comeback against Bayern. We already know what the atmosphere will be like at the Bernabeu."

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 11:57 am
It's time for CR7 to be named the best player in the world now he is excellent
posted: 12:01 pm
i wish we had sum1 lyk him at sundowns.anyway that is a dream
posted: 12:09 pm

I have always believed him to be the best in the world, CR7 is the most complete player u can ever find in modern football.

posted: 12:10 pm
Hala Madrid!

Dis is de return of de Galacticos, Barca's era has cum 2 an end.
Swona Champ!
posted: 12:12 pm
but that is what I have been saying all along!
posted: 12:13 pm
Eish, Rob......maar I still insist that the Malaria carrier could do it, with the same faith shown by the coach to Modise.

As for Ronaldo being best over Messi, I'll accept it for this season so far, it's not over yet where the phenomenon Messi is involved.

Ronaldo infact is unlucky to be born during the Messi'merising era, he's excellent, but the Atomic flea is exceptionally special.
posted: 12:17 pm

Sweyts: Experts have pronounce CR7 to more complete as a player than LM10.

Any coach would rather have CR7 than LM10.
posted: 12:39 pm
From Old Traford to Bernabeau CR7 has never looked back. Messi is ...also good bafwethu and I have so much respect for these 2 players. I don't see any player in world coming close to these 2 players.
My number is CR7
My number is Messi
My number 3.......none
My number4.........none
My number 5.........none
My number 6........then you can add all the rest players abo RVP,Rooney,Tevez,Kaka,Auguero,Neymar
posted: 12:44 pm
yes cr7 to me is also more a complete player dan messi. Pep gt da line up wrong last nyt, messi is more dangerous wen he playn behind a striker cz wen he runs frm deep wit da ball he cnt be stopped.
posted: 12:52 pm
I also think his replacements were questionable. Maybe they're still trying to come to terms with their 1-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge. If they don't regroup now and focuss , they might be out of Uefa Champ on Tuesday.
posted: 12:58 pm
Watching La Liga , EPL and Bundesliga ....I always realise how unfortunate we are in this country to have less talented soccer players. Bayalidlala idiski daar , hayi lomsangano wethu eRSA.
posted: 01:04 pm
I just enjoyed seeing Barca lose b'cos they have become so arrogant it sickening . I'm not a RM fan but it was great of them to pull them back to earth now I fear for Chelsea .
posted: 01:11 pm
In my opinion Christiano is best player bt Messi he is a pure world class .my ratings 1 messi 2 Zidane 3 Maradona 4 pele 5 christiano 6 Luiz Ronaldo 7 Ronaldinho 8
posted: 01:27 pm
As much as I hate 2 engage on who's beta between Messi nd Ronaldo but sumtyms 1 fils tempted 2, 4 me d fact dat Ronaldo has already invaded nd conquered EPL now busy with La Liga gives him d edge over Messi. Its not fair 2 say if Messi can ply his trade out of L liga say 4 instance Serie A he wil not set it alight, my point is Ronaldo marginally on top, my opinion of coz. I so wish Mou cud in future drop Di Maria, he loses possession way 2 easily nd individualistic we hv Altintop who I think can do much beta than Di Maria or d President Fiorentina Perez shud buy Nani who is a traditional winger.
Told you so....
posted: 01:30 pm
madrid beats, Barca, Ronaldo scores...does that make him better than Merci? No, not by a long fans are drunk by from the win last all competitions Merci has 63 goals to Ronaldo s the classico's Merci has 15 13 goals out of 18 games to ronaldo's 5 out of 18....come on....
posted: 01:37 pm
Not surprising from Kickoff to look for an article that will fuel debate about CR & Messi.Main topic every week.

What a sweet results.Some times last year I said for me Pep Gardiola cannot entirely be credited with the success of Barca as the key players have been there before.With the bulk of squad aging then his reputation will be tested & clearly with new players coming the dimension of the team also changes.

What is evident is the progress that Jose Mourihno has made with assembling the team & getting it to function as a unit.

posted: 02:42 pm
what a lucky day for madrid...u showed some experience..but watchout nxt tym
posted: 03:23 pm
I agree with no reservation. I am happy of the results and once again 'Three Stripes' proved that they it's the best sport brand and certainly associated with the best teams.

Now let's go back to what I was saying to the currently broken-hearted yellow nation, that if the player is playing his best that must be gauge it by his influence on his team and that's precisely what CR7 is providing RMA in many ways, not only by is the same with Tekoloshi to Flops?

He is the best.
posted: 03:37 pm
Well finally after spending around half a billion Euros on players and a new manager Real Madrid will finally end Barca's reign.Good job. Try doing that without spending such ludicrous sums.
posted: 03:38 pm
Well finally after spending around half a billion Euros on players and a new manager Real Madrid will finally end Barca's reign.Good job. Try doing that without spending such ludicrous sums.
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