‘Ronaldo the best in the world and very special to play against’

Having played against him in the Champions League, the former Schalke goalkeeper admits the Juventus forward is the best in the business

Cristiano Ronaldo is the “best player in the world”, according to former Schalke goalkeeper Timon Wellenreuther, who says playing against the Juventus star was “something very special”.

Wellenreuther played against Ronaldo twice for Schalke against Real Madrid in the Champions League in 2015, losing 2-0 in the home leg and winning 4-3 at the Santiago Bernabeu.

And, after seeing Ronaldo score in both legs of the last-16 encounter, Wellenreuther came out knowing he was facing the best in the world.

“Playing against Cristiano Ronaldo was something very special,” he told Goal and SPOX.

“For me, he is the best player in the world. His runs and his power are incredible.

“Also in the games against me, you have unfortunately seen that he is freezing cold and always on the spot. Although I saved some balls off of him, in the end he scored twice.”