Sports News of Thu, 10 Jul 20143
Klose is not a patch on Brazil great Ronaldo - Mourinho
The Chelsea boss was disappointed to see the Brazil great lose his World Cup goalscoring record and says the former Madrid star is the best player of the past two decades
Jose Mourinho has applauded Miroslav Klose for becoming the top goalscorer in World Cup history, but says he is not a patch on Brazil great Ronaldo.
The 36-year-old's first half tap-in in Germany's 7-1 semi-final thrashing of Brazil took his tally to 16 goals in the competition - one ahead of the former Barcelona and Real Madrid star.
Every one of Klose's World Cup strikes have come inside the penalty area, in contrast to Ronaldo's range of long distance hits, solo efforts and close-range goals during a stunning international career.
As a result, Mourinho was disappointed to see the former Barcelona and Real Madrid star lose his tournament record and revealed there is only one player he rates more highly than the Brazilian in the game's history.
"Hats off to Klose," Mourinho said to Yahoo. "I highly respect the numbers he has achieved but the truth is that a player who I consider the best after Maradona lost a record.
"I believe that Ronaldo was the best player of the last two decades - at least he doesn't lose the title of being the best of the past 20 years."
Mourinho worked with Ronaldo during his solitary season at Barcelona in 1996-97, as part of Bobby Robson's coaching staff, with the 37-year-old scoring 34 goals in 37 games at Camp Nou.