Manchester United forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, is no longer the player he once was because he’s lost the power and strength that made him the world’s best.
This claim was made by former Liverpool player, Graeme Souness.
According to Souness, Man United are obliged to Ronaldo because of his previous achievements in the game, adding that the five-time Ballon d’ Or winner should not be starting every game for the club.
Ronaldo rejoined Man United from Juventus in the summer transfer window.
The Portugal captain has scored ten goals for Man United in 14 appearances so far this season.
“I would have taken Cristiano Ronaldo all day long, but I would also have had an honest conversation with him: “You will get plenty of game time, but you won’t be starting every game,” Souness told the Times.
“I still can’t think of a better impact sub, but he’s no longer the player he was — you just can’t be at 36. He may look magnificent when he takes his top off, but you lose power and strength.
“I would also have said: “I’m looking for you to teach these young guys about turning up on time, looking after yourself and training properly, to be the example that takes this club back to greatness.
“He can still give you all that, but he’s not going to be the go-to man every Saturday, certainly not against the stronger sides. Against Liverpool and Manchester City, he never got a kick because he’s playing with ordinary footballers.”