Just how good is Ronaldo? According to the Telegraph's Alan Smith, "When it comes to Cristiano Ronaldo, there's a definite sense of occasion just now, of a precious moment in time when the English public gets to see a true superstar, a legend in the making, so sublimely talented that his performances transcend the usual one-eyed opinions club rivalries breed." Smith thinks that not since George Best has England seen a young man with such "outrageous ability." In fact, with his second goal against Bolton on Wednesday, Ronaldo surpassed Best's record for most goals by a United winger in a single season. And there are still three months to play.
Ronaldo, quite simply, is the best player on the planet at the moment, "combining an extraordinary mix of pace, strength, stature, skill, confidence and courage to embarrass any opponent who dares come his way," says Smith, adding that on top of it all, "Ronaldo knows he is special, just as Best knew he was different back in the Sixties and Seventies."