Ronaldo omits Cristiano from "special" group of eight greatest players ever

Ronaldo omits Cristiano Ronaldo from "special" group of eight greatest players ever

Brazilian legend Ronaldo Nazario has snubbed Manchester United icon Cristiano Ronaldo when debating who the greatest players of all time are.

The former Inter Milan and Real Madrid superstar was discussing a "special group" of some of the finest footballing talent the game has ever witnessed when he opted against naming the 37-year-old five-time Ballon d'Or winner. It marks another blow for the Portugal skipper who has suffered a miserable time of it as of late.

Ronaldo has been temporarily exiled from the first-team fold at Old Trafford after he refused to come off the bench during last week's 2-0 home victory over Tottenham before storming down the tunnel before the full-time whistle had been blown.

It will undoubtedly come as a dent to the United forward's pride that he wasn't named in Ronaldo Nazario's exclusive list of the game's best ever.

Speaking to The Guardian, the former Selecao sensation explained: “I think there is a very, very special group where you have Diego, Messi, Cruyff, Beckenbauer, PelĂ©, Van Basten, Ronaldinho.

"I would include myself. Let the fans say, let them debate it in the bars. But you can’t rank them, can’t compare generations."