Ronaldo the Di Stefano of the 21st century, says Gento

The former Spain international has nothing but praise for the prolific attacker and has compared him to his illustrious former team-mate
Real Madrid legend Francisco Gento believes Cristiano Ronaldo is the Alfredo Di Stefano of the 21st century.

Di Stefano guided Madrid to eight Spanish league titles and five European Cups between 1953 and 1964 and is widely regarded as one of the best players in the history of the game.

Ronaldo has been compared to Di Stefano by club president Florentino Perez and himself suggested he shares similarities with the iconic forward, and Gento believes the Portugal star to be “one of a kind” in his generation – just like the man from Buenos Aires.

“Is Ronaldo a worthy heir to Di Stefano? Yes. Di Stefano was an idol of mine. He was great. He arrived when he was 27 and scored in an era which was very good for Madrid,” Gento was quoted as saying by AS.

“Cristiano is one of a kind, as Di Stefano was. He is the Di Stefano of this century. Two stars who will forever be in history. What great goals he scores, I scored 12 or 13 in the league and could see how hard it was and now I see him and how easily he does it.

“The last time we spoke was at the draw for the Champions League. He knows my history. We have talked about that time.

“He is already amongst the best ever. He has many trophies and he is a great player. So is [Lionel] Messi. They are the two that lead the way for all the titles. I think Cristiano is strong and will last longer.

“Ronaldo deserves the Ballon d’Or. He is going to get everything he wants. For the club I prefer them to win European cups, but it is satisfying to win these individual titles because they are also for Madrid.”

Ronaldo has been in sublime form in 2014-15, netting 18 goals in 10 La Liga appearances.