'CR7 is not the best in the world'

Serie A

Africa's only Ballon d'Or winner George Weah had some special praise for Cristiano Ronaldo, but insists the Portuguese is not the best in the world.

The former AC Milan star had been speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport about this season's Serie A title race, with his former sitting top of the log.

Weah praised the longevity of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ronaldo, who have been standout performers for their respective sides this term.

“Ibra is strong and confident, but there is more behind this. Milan signed him because he can be every useful for young players. He is an example and an inspiration for them.

“He is always focused and he gives everything for his passion. If you work hard and don’t lose your passion, then age is just a number. Think about Pietro Vierchowood, Franco Baresi or Paolo Maldini, they all played at high level until almost 40 years of age.

“Ronaldo is also testimony to how combining hard work and passion can bring unexpected results. He is not the best in the world, but he trained so much to become the best. I am a fan of Ronaldo because he remained humble and he earned everything he achieved. He fought to get where he is now."

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