Karren Brady, vice-chairman of West Ham United, blasted Al-Nassr forward Cristiano Ronaldo for referring to himself as a special player and insisted that Lionel Messi of Paris Saint-Germain or the late Brazilian icon Pele would never say anything of that effect.
Ronaldo, 37, just finished a free transfer to the Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr on a contract that will pay him £175 million annually.
The captain of Portugal quit Manchester United in November after agreeing to have his contract with the Premier League powerhouse terminated.
Ronaldo gave a rather brazen statement in his first press conference at Al-Nassr after joining the team.
Because he is a “unique player,” according to the former Real Madrid star, his rich Al-Nassr contract is special.
Brady, though, expressed her displeasure with his assertion in her Sun column as follows: “Ronaldo might have a lot of positive qualities. He is an unstoppable goal scorer and athletic. However, the current statement, “I’m thrilled, proud to join Al Nassr,” smacks of arrogance. Because I am a unique player, this deal is also unique. That is typical for me.”
“He is hardly an original player, to begin with. He performs most tasks competently and some excellently, but nothing that others can’t or haven’t already done. Messi and Pele wouldn’t utter anything similar. His fascination with Messi, whose career at Barcelona was at least on par with his at Real Madrid, often pokes Ronaldo in the ribs.”