Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has picked his best players of all time, listing Pele, Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi as his greats — and seemingly throwing shade at fellow countryman Cristiano Ronaldo in the process.
"For me the top three players in history are Messi, Pele and Maradona," Mourinho said via Express.
While arguing about who is the best of all time, who belongs on soccer's "Mount Rushmore," or any number of the "best" arguments is usually a fool's errand, it nevertheless gives us something to occupy our time in the offseason.
Mourinho's admission is particularly perplexing, not only because the Portuguese spent three years managing Ronaldo at Real Madrid — where the winger won the Ballon d'Or in 2013 — but also because of Mourinho's comments back then.
"He is the best. The best in the world, yes. Probably the best ever," Mou extolled in 2013 about his prized Ronaldo via the Mirror
. "I saw Maradona a couple of times. I never saw Pele. But Cristiano is amazing. This man is the best."