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12th Sep 2015

Gareth Bale’s agent has made a ridiculous claim about Cristiano Ronaldo…

Robert Redmond

Gareth Bale’s agent can’t be helping the Welshman’s standing in the Real Madrid dressing room.

Jonathan Barnett has made two outlandish claims about Cristiano Ronaldo – one of which is a ridiculous factual error, the other so off the mark it’s laughable.

“I think in the next two or three years I think he’s [Bale] going to be seen as the best player in the world,” Barnett said this week. “He wants to win the Ballon d’Or and I think he’s got a great chance.

“You have [Cristiano] Ronaldo, who is getting to the end of his career, and [Lionel] Messi as well.”

Hold on, Jonathan, can you repeat that please?

“You have Ronaldo, who is getting to the end of his career.”

Portugal Training & Press Conference - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

Considering he’s still only 30, it’s ridiculous to claim that Ronaldo – one the most dedicated athletes in the world, who has avoided serious injury and maintained an impossibly high level of form – is “getting to the end of his career”.

It appears Barnett hasn’t exactly followed Ronaldo’s career with much interest, though, as he then claimed the former Man United star has been at Real Madrid for 10 years.

Yep, that’ll be the same Ronaldo who signed in 2009…