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Piers Morgan claims Cristiano Ronaldo is the greatest player of all time and ‘even Messi knows it’

Piers Morgan claimed that ‘even Messi knows’ Cristiano Ronaldo is the greatest footballer in history after he shared a hilarious image on Thursday night.

Ronaldo took part in Portugal’s World Cup opener with Ghana and made history by becoming the first player to score in five consecutive World Cup competitions.

As the 37-year-old celebrated with his trademark ‘SIU’, he wandered in front of a banner with his Argentinian counterpart and Morgan took the opportunity to share the moment with a cleverly worded caption.

Morgan wrote on his social media on Thursday: ‘Even Messi knows’, adding a goat emoji at the end to represent the acronym; greatest ever.

Veteran striker Ronaldo struck from the penalty spot just after the hour mark to break the deadlock in Thursday night’s opening group game against Ghana.

It came in controversy as some fans and pundits suggested he easily went down under the challenge of Southampton’s Mohammed Salisu.

It put him in a league of his own – ahead of Messi, Pele, Miroslav Klose and Uwe Seeler – and became the only player to score in five World Cups.

Morgan has long been an advocate of Ronaldo’s skills on the pitch and recently even suggested his club Arsenal should sign the Portuguese star – after he left Manchester United by mutual agreement this week.

sports mail announced earlier this week that United have not paid any compensation for the remaining seven months of his £500,000-a-week contract at Old Trafford.

The 37-year-old’s exit from the club came after his bombastic interview with TV star Morgan, in which he vented his criticism of the structure of Manchester United, past and present managers and the club’s owners.

Ronaldo said: “I have no respect for him [ten Hag] because he shows me no respect. Some people don’t want me here – not only the coach but also the other two or three guys. Not only this year, but also last year.”

He also urged fans to continue their protest at the Glazers’ ownership.

He said: “The fans are always right. I think the fans should know the truth – should the players now… we want what’s best for the club.

“I want the best of the club. That’s why I come to Manchester United. That’s why I love this club.”

On Tuesday, it was announced in a blunt 67-word statement on the club’s website that he was leaving the club with immediate effect.

Portugal emerged 3-2 victors in the opening game, but it wasn’t late drama that almost saw them pushed back by the Black Stars.

Ronaldo gave his side the lead with a penalty before Joao Felix and Rafael Leao each scored three points for Fernando Santos’ side.

Ghana’s Andre Ayew and Osman Bukari both scored to bring the deficit to just one goal but they were unable to find an equalizer – despite a moment of madness in the closing moments.

Ronaldo hopes to add to his tally against Uruguay in their next group stage encounter. Meanwhile, Ghana takes on South Korea.

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