Despite Snubbing Cristiano Ronaldo From All-Time XI, Ronaldo Nazario Escapes Tricky CR7 Question by a ‘Smart’ Move

Published 10/30/2023, 10:30 AM EDT

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Ronaldo Nazario and Luis Figo, the two legends, shared the stage once again as they visited Saudi Arabia for the awaited Riyadh Season. Seeking the opportunity, Al Nassr’s social media hopped on the chance to ask some tricky fan-made questions to the duo. In what came as a shock question involving Cristiano Ronaldo, Nazario smartly avoided answering it with the help of his former teammate, Luis Figo.

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The question’s shock value stems from the moment Ronaldo Nazario ditched Cristiano Ronaldo from including him in his top XI. However, some selections made by Ronaldo Nazario can baffle the minds of young soccer fans.

The ‘What if’ questions

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Situational questions are always tricky and sometimes can catch you off guard. Ronaldo Nazario faced a similar situation during his recent Saudi visit. R9 was asked about who as a manager would he pick between Luis Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo to take a free-kick for his team. The question did catch R9 off guard.

As both of them laughed, Figo, took the mic and quickly responded as he said, “Me”. Figo further added to his response, “I said to Cristiano, that I go on top of the ball but in the end, I shoot.” Hearing Figo’s response, R9 cracked up and laughed profusely as he went on to say, “Smart move”, subtly thanking Figo for taking over the question from him.

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Prior to this question, Figo was also asked a what-if question. Figo was asked how would he rate his team’s attack if as manager he had both Cristiano Ronaldo and Ronaldo Nazario. To this, the Portuguese international said, “Unbeatable”. This one-word reply puts all the discussions to bed as it was a no-brainer reply anyway.

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Thanks to Figo, the moment didn’t turn much awkward for the Brazilian Ronaldo and Figo himself. But, why did R9 ditch Cristiano from his all-time XI, and who better did he place in spite of the Portuguese’s high goal-scoring record!

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Cristiano Ronaldo ditched by Brazilian Ronaldo in his all-time XI

Brazilian legend Ronaldo has left fans puzzled by excluding Cristiano Ronaldo from his all-time XI. Despite Cristiano’s impressive 729 goals and five Ballon d’Or awards, R9 chose a star-studded lineup. The two Ronaldo’s also shared a field in a charity match, yet R9 placed other legends above Cristiano.

Ronaldo Nazario’s dream team showcases football icons, including Buffon, Cafu, Roberto Carlos, Beckenbauer, and Maldini in defense. His midfield boasts Zico and Maradona, while the attack features himself, Messi, Pele, and Ronaldinho. Despite Cristiano’s accomplishments, he didn’t make the cut in R9’s eyes, sparking discussions among fans.

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In an interview, Ronaldo Nazario mentioned a “special group” of footballers, a list that excluded Cristiano. He encouraged fans to debate this elite group’s composition, emphasizing that greatness is an evolving concept in football, with new legends continually emerging. What’s your take on R9’s team? Let us know in the comments below.

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Neil Banerjee

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Neil has found his niche as a soccer writer at EssentiallySports. With a background in media studies, he possesses a deep appreciation for the intricacies, the strategies and the awe-inspiring nature of the beautiful game, firmly believing that a variety of factors underpin each match. As a devoted Chelsea fan, Neil's passion extends to diving into the stories that surround the club and finding intriguing narratives.
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