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Ronaldo Nazario’s Elite Eight, Minus One (Including CR7!)

When a soccer legend like Ronaldo Nazario speaks, the world listens. Known for his magical touch and an illustrious career that saw him grace the pitches of Barcelona, Inter Milan, and Real Madrid, Ronaldo recently shared his view on the greatest footballers of all time. His list, a blend of timeless talent and mesmerizing skill, included icons like Diego Maradona, Messi, Johan Cruyff, and Pele.

Argentina's Lionel Messi celebrates after winning the World Cup.

However, a conspicuous absence from his list of the elite was none other than Cristiano Ronaldo (CR7), a name synonymous with footballing greatness in its own right. The Brazilian maestro, who himself has etched his name in football history, chose to shine the spotlight on a diverse mix of players, some from eras he never shared the field with, like Beckenbauer and Van Basten, and others, like Ronaldinho, with whom he crafted footballing magic on the pitch.

Ronaldo Nazario’s choice to leave out CR7 isn’t just a topic for heated debate; it’s a reflection of the subjective nature of greatness in the sport. As Ronaldo himself said, ranking these legends is a near-impossible task, akin to comparing the incomparable. Each player, with their unique style and legacy, has contributed to the rich tapestry of football, making the sport not just a game but a celebration of talent, passion, and unforgettable moments.