Ozil: Ronaldo doesn’t get enough respect from the press

Berlin: Former German star Mesut Ozil has described Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo as one of the best athletes in history, indicating he believes his former colleague at Real Madrid, in Spain, is not respected enough at the end of his career. In recent days, there has been a decline in the popularity of Ronaldo, which has also been put in bench against Switzerland in the match in which his side claimed a crushing 6/1 victory last Tuesday. Ronaldo, winner of the Ballon d’Or as the best player in the world five times, does not play with a club in this moment after the termination of his contract with Manchester United, in England, as he did not have enough playing time under contract to be terminated by mutual agreement. Gonzalo Ramos, the young striker who replaced Ronaldo last Tuesday, scored three goals (a hat-trick) against Switzerland, and is now preparing to start in the next match against Morocco in the quarter-finals. Istanbul Basaksehir’s Turkish midfielder Ozil played with Ronaldo in club Spanish between 2010 and 2013, and took advantage of social to defend the former colleague. “I really don’t understand why the press is always busy in so negative way of Ronaldo,” wrote Ozil on Twitter. He added: “I media they try to attract viewers and analysts who don’t have a gear or a history they want to attract attention with his big name and try to tarnish his image.” Ozil explained: “It will soon enter its 38th year, so what’s the surprise in his failure to score 50 goals in a season? Every fan should be happy to see him play at the top level of football for twenty years.” Ozil concluded his remarks, saying, “I don’t think anyone from the new generation will be in able to match his numbers again. He will stay forever in a special style. Everyone should show more respect for one of the best athletes in history. ” (dpa)