Indian Cricket Star Virat Kohli has said that Cristiano Ronaldo remains the best footballer in the World. Despite being 34-years-old, Ronaldo continues to perform at a high level in football and remains as hungry as he was ten years ago to win major silverware on the title. Ronaldo scored 21 Serie A goals last season to help Juventus win the Italian top-flight title and has now won domestic titles in three countries, namely England, Spain and Italy.
“For me, Cristiano is above everyone else. His commitment and work ethic is unmatched. He wants it that bad – you can see it every game,” Kohli said during an interview with the FIFA website.
“In my opinion, he has taken on more challenges and succeeded at all of them. He’s the most complete player I have seen and his work ethic, as I mentioned, is unmatched.
“He inspires people. I don’t think many people do that. He’s also a leader and I love that. Absolutely love it. He has amazing belief too
While many feel that Lionel Messi is a better footballer than Ronaldo, Kohli is a big football fan and is also a co-owner of Indian Super League Football team FC Goa. The 30-year-old also mentioned during the interview with FIFA that some of the footballers that he has enjoyed watching over the years include Oliver Kahn, Luka Modric, Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Ronaldinho, Brazilian Ronaldo and even Lionel Messi.
With Ronaldo and Messi now entering the latter stages of their football careers, Kohli predicts that Kylian Mbappe will become the best footballer in the World in the near future.
“Mbappe stands out for me. His sprint in the 2018 World Cup against Argentina is hard to forget. He’s a beast and he will definitely be at the top of the pile for me. Absolutely top-class player.”
Kohli’s home nation of India has never participated in a FIFA World Cup and this has sadly led to people of Indian origin being subjected to stereotypes such as “Indians can’t play football”. From 2026 onwards, the football World Cup will see its format expand from 32 to 48 nations and this will create opportunities for nations which have struggled to exert themselves in the football World such as Canada, India, China and even Zimbabwe to play in the global showpiece.
Kohli believes that his nation is not far off from playing in a football World Cup.
“Honestly, not far off. We have improved drastically in our football over the last three-four years. With new talent coming in to make the difference, and our skipper Sunil Chhetri leading the team with amazing composure and inspiration, I see us qualifying very soon for the World Cup.”