Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers names world’s best player ahead of Real Madrid clash

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Reds manager lavishes praises on the extraordinary Cristiano Ronaldo…

Brendan Rodgers reckons that at this moment in time, Cristiano Ronaldo is the best footballer in the world, Goal reports.

The 29-year-old Portuguese phenomenon helped put Liverpool to the sword a fortnight ago at Anfield, and is hoping to do so again this Tuesday night at the Bernabeu –  a match in which the Reds are rated 13/1 underdogs.

“Ronaldo is, at this moment in time, the best player in the world,” Rodgers told reporters.

However, the under pressure Northern Irish boss has reminded his side that the favourite for the Ballon D’or is not the only player his team will have to worry about…

“He will tell you himself it is very much about the team. They have some outstanding players in [Karim] Benzema, Isco, [Luka] Modric and [Toni] Kroos,” he continued.

“He is the catalyst of that team and let’s hope he doesn’t score too many more tomorrow.”

Despite the brilliance of Lionel Messi at Barcelona, very few would argue with Rodgers’ comments ahead of the crunch Champions League clash.

Ronaldo has plundered a simply barbaric 22 goals already this term, and the likes of Dejan Lovren and Martin Skrtel know full well they’ll have to play the games of their lives to keep him at bay.

The last time we travelled to the Bernabeu, Jamie Carragher and Skrtel himself inspired a superb clean-sheet, and we can only hope for a momentous improvement on the defensive performances displayed so far this term…

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