Al-Ettifaq manager Steven Gerrard has bestowed the title of “The GOAT” upon Cristiano Ronaldo, as the two football icons joined forces in the Saudi Arabian Pro League in July.
The proclamation by Gerrard carries significant weight, considering the intense rivalry that unfolded during Ronaldo’s initial tenure with Manchester United.
Back then, Gerrard, serving as Liverpool’s captain, engaged in fierce battles with the Portuguese superstar, making this newfound appreciation all the more notable.
“The arrival of ‘The GOAT’ as we call him, Cristiano (Ronaldo), him arriving in January obviously (was) a huge signing,” Gerrard said in an interview with the Saudi Pro League.
“He still had a lot of football to offer. So, from afar, for six months, I was looking in at Cristiano Ronaldo’s results, at the league, watching some games and watching some highlights.
“I think from that moment, the league around the world had become a very popular talking point for everyone. After Cristiano’s arrival, even more big-name signings, talents and skill sets were joining the league.”