Ex-Real Madrid midfielder Rafael van der Vaart has lauded one-time club-mate Cristiano Ronaldo as a "phenomenon" - while also identifying an area in which he feels he outstrips the four-time Ballon d'Or winner.
"He's a phenomenon; when I trained alongside him, I found him so impressive - particularly his athletic capacity," he explained to Ziggo Sport in his native Holland.
Van der Vaart: "I have to say I've got better technique"
"But I have to say that I've got better technique than him," declared Van de Vaart, who shared the Real dressing room with the Portugal captain in the 2009/10 season, the second of his two years in Madrid.
The former Dutch international, who is currently at Danish side FC Midtjylland following an unsuccessful spell at Real Betis in 2015/16, added: "When you see him in training, you realise how incredible he is from a physical point of view."