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I think the greatest Real Madrid player of all time is Cristiano Ronaldo: Michael Owen

Sachin Bhat
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Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo

Former England international Michael Owen believes Cristiano Ronaldo is the greatest Madrid player ever.

The 34-year old has waxed lyrical about the Portuguese captain after his sublime form took him beyond Messi’s tally of 14 goals in a single Champions League season, bettering it to 16. “I think the greatest Real Madrid player of all time is Cristiano Ronaldo, followed by Ferenc Puskas,” Owen writes in his column for Sportlobster.

“Ronaldo equalled Puskas’ great record of 242 goals in fewer games. He was also the fastest Real Madrid player to score 100 goals and holds the record for most goals scored for Madrid in a season.”

Indeed, Ronaldo has broken umpteen records since moving to Real Madrid for a world record fee. And in this season as well, he is topping the goal scoring charts both, in the league and the Champions league.

Owen also briefly looked back on his own time at the Santiago Bernabeu side and admitted that he was rather nervous upon his presentation to the press and fans. “I didn’t have any doubts I would succeed once out on the famous pitch. I only had two concerns: What to do when a ball was tossed to me during the parade at the Santiago Bernabeu and where to sit in the dressing room.

“I was in a state of panic on the day of my unveiling. To learn a line or two in Spanish was bad enough, but I dreaded the ‘show pony’ part where you are expected to juggle the ball for the media. When the ball was tossed to me I volleyed it into the crowd to give the people, who had come to welcome me, something to cheer about.”

The former Manchester United striker had a brief tenure at the Spanish capital in 2004-05, after leaving for his return to England. He amassed 14 goals in 36 league appearances for Real Madrid.

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