Cristiano Ronaldo: Steven Gerrard Stirs Up GOAT Discussion As He Calls Al Nassr Star ‘Machine’

Cristiano Ronaldo: Steven Gerrard Stirs Up GOAT Discussion As He Calls Al Nassr Star ‘Machine’

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
updated at December 23, 2023 at 7:24 PM
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  • Liverpool legend and Al-Ettifaq coach Steven Gerrard was full of admiration for Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Gerrard praised Ronaldo's excellence and career longevity as he continues to excel at age 38
  • Cristiano recently inspired Al-Nassr to consign Ettifaq to another loss in the Saudi League

Steven Gerrard offered high praise for Cristiano Ronaldo, acknowledging the Al-Nassr captain's remarkable prowess even at 38, a stage where most players begin to wind down.

Ronaldo, revered as one of football's all-time greats, has undergone a resurgence following a challenging 2022, marked by his departure from Manchester United and Portugal's World Cup exit.

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Steven Gerrard heaped praise on Cristiano Ronaldo's glistening career. Photos by Yasser Bakhsh/Getty Images and @AlNassrFC_EN/Twitter
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Despite a difficult second stint at United, Ronaldo's unconventional move to Al-Nassr in the Saudi Pro League has breathed new life into his career.

Ronaldo's remarkable performance in 2023

His impact transcends the pitch, inspiring other top-tier talents to consider similar paths to the Middle East.

On a personal level, the 38-year-old has been a force in the Gulf, consistently finding the back of the net and setting records ablaze each game as he leads the SPL's top scorer's chart with 17 goals in 16 games, per Transfermarkt.

Currently in contention for the top marksman accolade of 2023, Ronaldo's 51 goals in the year put him neck and neck with leaders Harry Kane and Kylian Mbappe with two games remaining.

His recent goal in a decisive 3-1 victory against Steven Gerrard's Al Ettifaq narrowed the gap between Al-Nassr and league leaders Al-Hilal to 10 points.

Gerrard sings Ronaldo praises in GOAT claim

Gerrard, in awe of Ronaldo's incredible performance, as he nears his 40s, found himself compelled to laud the Portuguese sensation for his enduring excellence on the field.

"Cristiano Ronaldo is a goal machine. I have great admiration for him. He's an older player but still performs better than all the others on the pitch," the Liverpool legend said as cited by TCR on X (formerly called Twitter).
The 43-year-old added: "He has achieved everything possible individually and is still going strong, hungry for goals. I think this defines the greatest of all time."

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Ronaldo vs Messi: Sarabia picks his GOAT

Sports Brief also reported on Pablo Sarabia sharing his perspective on two of football's greatest, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. When asked to pick between them, the Spanish winger had high praise for both icons.

Ultimately, the 31-year-old leaned towards Ronaldo as his preferred player, choosing him over Messi and Neymar.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.