The former Manchester United expert Neville feels that it is only a matter of time before Ronaldo gets himself to touching distance of the legendary footballer Pele and will definitely outscore Messi.


Gary Neville is banking on the fact that his ex-Manchester United team-mate is ready to go through that transition period and will become one of the finest centers forward’s to ever play this game.

Ronaldo who left Old Trafford in 2009 to join Real Madrid side has evolved and matured as a footballer and he also has scored 396 goals for the Real Madrid side.

Gary Neville also feels that Ronaldo still has a long way to go and he will surely give much more to his fans to celebrate.

He voiced: "I was thinking the other day, what's the long game for him? And I wonder if he's going to go on and play into his 40s,"

"I wonder if he's building up for a long career as a centre-forward, where he can still score two goals and live off moments.

"He's living off moments more than his all-around performance now.

"Since he's gone to Real Madrid he's contributed enormously to everything they've done but he's living more off moments rather than a contribution through a whole 90 minutes.

"He'll be thinking Pele. Those numbers. Those scandalous numbers you think you can never achieve, the appearances, the goals, and that to me is where it's going. I think he'll play for longer than Lionel Messi, I think he'll score more goals in the end and will go on to do incredible things.

"I think he'll go on for a long, long time. And in this game, he's becoming a goal-scorer, he's getting in the box more, he's coming across the near post, his heading is incredible anyway.

"I think we've seen the transformation of a player. We've seen Ryan Giggs go from a flying winger to someone who played more centrally as a midfielder. We're seeing Cristiano now as a centre-forward.

"He knows he can't go up and down all the time now. He knows he can't go past players all the time. He'll become a goalscorer, a poacher and a good one."