Jose Mourinho is now in the unfamiliar role of a TV pundit, and he is already making waves. Just a month after being sacked as Manchester United manager, the Portuguese has now weighed in on the Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo debate.
Mourinho spoke to beIN Sports about who the better player was between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, and his words do indeed make a lot of sense.
“I think it’s unfair to both of them when somebody [says] this one is better than the other one. I think they are just different,” Jose mentioned.
“When you go to Messi and Ronaldo, I think it’s just unfair to compare the players. The only thing I can say is that when I had Ronaldo on my side, I was a very happy man.
“And when I had to play against Messi – and also against Ronaldo because I played against Ronaldo a few times – I had to think a lot to try and help my team have chances to succeed.
“The thing that is really to be admired is the number of years that they stay at the top. I always say the same – even with managers – to win once, it can happen. To win and win and win is much more difficult.”
Mourinho made some controversial comments about his Manchester United departure as well, and also mentioned that he plans to return to coaching soon.
Real Madrid are planning to re-hire Mourinho as a replacement for struggling Santiago Solari
The Portuguese tactician was recently fired by his former club Man United after his side’s poor results at the club
Mourinho already rejected offers to manage Benfica
Spanish League giants Real Madrid are reportedly planning to re-hire our-of-job manager Jose Mourinho.
The 55-year-old was fired by Manchester United less than a month ago following a poor run of results at the club.
After leaving the Red Devils 19 points behind table toppers Liverpool, while his relationship with his players was deteriorating.
Although, the Portuguese manager has already rejected a chance to manager Portuguese topflight side Benfica.
SunSport however reports that Real President Florentino Perez is said to be planning to bring the former Chelsea boss back to the Santiago Bernabeu.
Mourinho first managed Los Blancos between 2010 and 2013, and five years after could stage a return to the club.
The former Inter Milan and Chelsea boss won a Spanish League title and two other trophies during his three year reign at the club.
Madrid are currently not having a good time in the La Liga having slipped to fifth position on the log after their 2-0 home defeat to Real Socieded on Sunday.
Since the ex Chelsea coach was dismissed at Manchester United, he has been linked with many top European clubs.
Recently, Portuguese club Benfica sacked their manager Rui Vitoria after three years in charge of the team, and Jose Mourinho has been linked with the job.
Devils have won just two of their last eight matches in all competitions and
sit 11 points off fourth place in the Premier League
Mourinho has been sacked by Manchester United following their disappointing
start to the season.
Devils currently sit sixth in the Premier League table but have already lost
five times in 17 matches, leaving them 19 points behind leaders Liverpool and
11 off fourth-placed Chelsea in the fight for Champions League places.
a summer transfer window in which Mourinho routinely complained about a lack of
signings, with the Portuguese unable to persuade the club’s hierarchy to sign a
continued to drop hints that he remains unhappy at that failure to spend big,
and he now leaves after two-and-a-half years at the Old Trafford helm, with his
final match in charge Sunday’s 3-1 defeat to arch-rivals Liverpool.
United announces that manager Jose Mourinho has left the club with immediate
effect,” a statement read.
club would like to thank Jose for his work during his time at Manchester United
and to wish him success in the future.
caretaker manager will be appointed until the end of the current season, while
the club conducts a thorough recruitment process for a new, full-time
replaced Louis van Gaal in the United hotseat in the summer of 2016 and was
tasked with leading the 20-time English champions back to the top of the
domestic game after a barren three years since Sir Alex Ferguson’s appointment.
well, winning the Community Shield in his first match in charge before claiming
the League Cup thanks to a Zlatan Ibrahimovic-inspired 3-2 win over
Form in the
league was not as strong, however, with the Red Devils only able to finish in
sixth place, though their season did end on a high as a 2-0 win over Ajax in
the final of the Europa League saw them qualify for the 2017-18 Champions
second season in charge saw United finish a distant second in the Premier League
to Pep Guardiola’s record-breaking Manchester City, and while they crashed out
of the Champions League to Sevilla in the last 16 and lost the FA Cup final to
Chelsea, there was hope the former Real Madrid boss would be able to kick on
again having signed a new improved contract in the early weeks of 2018.
That has not
come to pass, however, with United currently on a run of just two wins from
eight matches in all competitions.
displays on the pitch, reports of dressing room unrest have overshadowed Man
Utd’s performances over the course of the season, with Mourinho’s relationship
with club-record signing Paul Pogba a constant talking point.
winner Pogba has struggled for consistency under Mourinho, and this season
things seem to have taken a turn for the worse, with the former Juventus man
unable to hold down a regular berth in the ex-Chelsea boss’ preferred 11.
came at Anfield on Sunday, with Mourinho deciding against bringing Pogba off
the bench despite his side needing to find a goal to get back into the game
following Xherdan Shaqiri’s own match-winning performance as a substitute for
Jurgen Klopp’s side.
takes temporary charge until the end of the season will now be tasked with pushing
United back into the race to finish in the top four while also plotting a path
towards silverware in both the Champions League – where they play Paris
Saint-Germain in the last 16 – and the FA Cup, with Reading their third-round
assistant coach Michael Carrick is not in the frame to take on that role, with
the interim manager’s first game on Saturday away at Cardiff City, and an
external candidate expected to be appointed within 48 hours.
Zidane and Mauricio Pochettino, meanwhile, are among the favourites to take the
role full-time come the summer.