Happy birthday Nolberto Solano, the only man to be teammates with both Diego Maradona and Shola Ameobi. pic.twitter.com/DssZBY6unC— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) December 12, 2017
"Who else deserves it? Maybe [Edinson] Cavani, [Kylian] Mbappe, [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic, but I don't know. There were more [contenders] before.
When asked about the ineligibility rules in place during his playing career, Maradona replied: "No, no...I'd have more than Ronaldo and Messi."
The Argentine also rebuffed Ronaldo's recent claims that he is the best player the world has ever seen, but did reveal some admiration for the Real Madrid star.
Pele: "I'm the best of all time."— Roy Nemer (@RoyNemer) December 8, 2017
Diego Maradona: "I'm the best of all time."
Cristiano Ronaldo: "I'm the best of all time."
Lionel Messi: "I just want to win titles with my teams."
Spot the difference.
"Ronaldo said he is the best ever? Tell him to stop talking nonsense!" added the 1986 World Cup winner.
"The best? For me...From what little I saw of them, Alfredo Di Stéfano, [Johan] Cruyff…and Messi, but it can be Cristiano too.
"Another thing that I like about Cristiano Ronaldo is that when the team need him, he delivers. There haven't been many players since Cruyff with that quality."