Pele was better than Messi & Cristiano Ronaldo, says Di Stefano

Real Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stefano feels that Pele was a better player than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

The Argentine had plenty of kind words for the Madrid star and the Barcelona attacker, but still feels that the former Brazil international was a class apart.

“The best player ever? Pele. Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are both great players with specific qualities, but Pele was better,” Di Stefano was quoted as saying by El Colombiano.

“Messi is the more technical player of the two. He’s better inside the area, the way he handles the ball and dribbles. You can see that he enjoys himself playing.

“Cristiano has a better body and is physically very strong. He has pace, speed and [is] a player with courage. Plus he can finish with both legs.”

The 86-year-old Di Stefano made over 300 appearances for Madrid between 1953 and 1964, winning five European Cups in the process.

Roberto Carlos: Anzhi do not want to sign Cristiano Ronaldo

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Roberto Carlos has made it clear that Anzhi Makhachkala are not interested in signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid at this point.

The Portugal international recently revealed that he’s unhappy at the Liga champions, and has since been linked with a move away from Madrid on more than one occasion.Nevertheless, Roberto Carlos has stressed that the prolific attacker is not on Anzhi‘s wish-list for now.

“Lots of people have asked me whether Anzhi are after Cristiano Ronaldo. I haven’t come here to sign Cristiano, though,” the Anzhi director stated to Marca.

“Cristiano is happy here. If he doesn’t want to celebrate his goals, then us, the people watching the games will celebrate them for him.

“He shouldn’t worry, people like him a lot. Problems can be resolved.”

The former Brazil international then went on to stress that Anzhi do intend to add to their ranks in the next transfer window.

“We are, however thinking about signing some quality players for next season.”

Zidane: Benzema will soon fulfil his potential

Zinedine Zidane has voiced his opinion that it’s only a matter of time before Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema finds his best form once more.

The France international has been struggling to hit the net in the opening weeks of the 2012-13 campaign, but his compatriot remains confident that the striker will soon play a key role again for club and country.

“Benzema still has to hit top form and be on top of his game again, but the entire world knows that he is a great player,” Zidane stated at a press conference.

“I just know that it won’t be long before he fulfils his full potential at last, both for Real Madrid and for France.”

The former midfielder then looked back at France’s 1-0 World Cup qualification win over Finland, and stressed that the result is all that mattered.

“It was a good game for France in my opinion simply because they bagged the full three points. The coach needs a bit of time to find the best solutions for everything.”

France resume match action on Tuesday when they take on Belarus.

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Khedira: Maybe Ronaldo just wanted the public to know

Sami Khedira has offered his suggestion as to why Cristiano Ronaldo publicly declared his unhappiness with Real Madrid, suggesting that he “just wanted to let the public know.”

The Portuguese international scored two goals in last Sunday’s 3-0 victory over Granada, but surprisingly offered no celebration in the aftermath. In the post-match press conference, Ronaldo claimed he was  “sad” and that the club knew why.

The 25-year-old played the full 90 minutes in Germany’s 3-0 win over the Faroe Islands on Friday night, but he is refusing to get carried away with their positive start to World Cup qualification.

“We are much too good to say we are already satisified with the qualification. But talking about the finals in 2014 now would be totally wrong,” he told Kicker.

“We will be in decisive matches again and we have to start working now on how to avoid failure in those.

At club level Khedira has found renewed competition for a midfield birth following the arrival of Luka Modric, but he is confident he still has the full backing of manager Jose Mourinho.

“If he had a low opinion of me I wouldn’t be in the squad for the third year. [I want to show] that I am the man to count on,” he added.

Ozil ready to be 'important' part of Real Madrid's season

Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil believes he can still be integral to success at Santiago Bernabeu this season.

The German playmaker wants to play a starring role, despite the continued form of Cristiano Ronaldo and summer recruitment of Luka Modric making competition for places more fierce than ever.

Ozil, who scored two goals against the Faroe Islands in his nation’s opening 2014 World Cup qualifier, spoke of his confidence after the game.

“The most important thing was the victory for the team, but I’m very happy with the two goals I scored,” the midfielder told reporters.

“I enjoyed being on the pitch and a game like this is good for me to keep building my confidence.

“The football year has just started, but I feel good and I think I can keep improving. [Real Madrid] have a long season ahead of us and I want to be a very important part of it.”

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