Hargreaves: Ronaldo is a phenomenon

Cristiano Ronaldo has been labelled ‘a phenomenon’ by his former Manchester United teammate Owen Hargreaves.

The ex-England international, now BT Sport pundit, was full of praise for the Portuguese legend after he scored the 700th goal of his club career at Everton on Sunday.

“The numbers are ridiculous. The guy is just a phenomenon,” Hargreaves said as he reminisced with Paul Scholes.

“In the team we had [at Manchester United], there were a lot of great players, but he was the difference maker. We had Scholesy, a genius footballer, we had Giggsy, we had David Beckham, we had all these guys.

“But Cristiano is six foot one, he’s quick with both feet, he can jump, he can do virtually everything.

“I don’t think he would have envisaged scoring 700 goals. He had all these amazing skills, but then he figured out to specialise in goalscoring.

“For us, he was the best player in the world and won the Ballon d’Or, but went to Real Madrid and, all of a sudden, he turned goalscoring into looking like the easiest thing. He scored 50-60 a season! 700 goals, that’s 35-a-season for 20 years!”

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