Jose Mourinho Reveals Which Brazilian Icon He Considers the ‘Greatest Striker’ in Football History

There have been many great strikers down the years to have graced football, and everyone has their own opinion about who was the best of the best.

Names such as Pele, Diego Maradona, Thierry Henry, Raul and Cristiano Ronaldo are often touted for the title, but Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho reckons the honour falls the way of someone else.

30 Jan 1997:  Portrait of Barcelona coach Bobby Robson during the Spanish Cup match against Real Mad

The Portuguese tactician, speaking in a documentary about the late Sir Bobby Robson, said as quoted by the ?Sun: “Ronaldo Nazario, the best Ronaldo EVER!”

The Brazilian legend was signed by Robson for £13.2m back in 1996 when he was at the helm at Barcelona, where Jose Mourinho worked as his translator. He only spent one season at the Nou Camp, but was extremely prolific just as he was everywhere he went throughout his career.

Mourinho’s view will no doubt be shared by many, with Ronaldo often viewed as the original ‘top class all round striker’ with very little weakness in his game.


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The 41-year-old won World Player of the Year three times in his playing career, and is often the inspiration for players today.

Mourinho’s quote will generate quite some interest, with some perceiving it as a potential dig at Ronaldo’s namesake Cristiano, with whom he had a difficult relationship during his time managing Real Madrid from 2010-13.

He and the 33-year-old supposedly almost came to blows once after a game in 2013, and perhaps that only intensifies his preference for the ‘original’ Ronaldo.