Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Ricardo Carvalho has hailed Cristiano Ronaldo as “almost perfect” as his Portugal team-mate goes up against his Ballon D Or rival Lionel Messi of Argentina in a friendly at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
Real Madrid forward Ronaldo, who knows Old Trafford well from his time with Manchester United, is the current holder of the the world s best player award.
Tuesday s match is set to see him face Barcelona s Messi, last year s runner-up, in international rather than La Liga action.
Inevitably, the pair have been the focus of attention in the build-up to the game and Monaco defender Carvalho told a news conference on Monday: “It is normal about the game to speak about Cristiano and Messi but I think it is Portugal against Argentina.
“For us Portuguese, everyone is expecting that Cristiano can win his third Golden Ball (Ballon D Or).
“I am a little bit suspect (biased) but I think he is the best.
“We are so proud of him. He is doing a great job during this past six or seven years. He is improving all the small details, making so many goals.”