Spain’s coach, Fernando Hierro, has praised Cristiano Ronaldo’s exploit against his team at the World Cup but says he wouldn’t exchange him for any of his players.
Ronaldo scored a hat-trick against the La Furia Roja in Portugal’s 3-3 first Group B game at the World Cup on Friday, including a stunning free kick.
“When you have a player like Ronaldo, it is extremely fortunate for whichever team has him,” Hierro said at his post-match news conference. “I have a really good relationship with Ronaldo, but I certainly would not change him for any of the players in my squad.”
Meanwhile, Portugal boss, Fernando Santos, has said he had run out of superlatives to describe Ronaldo, who he described as the world’s best player.
Santos said said he hopes the reigning world player of the year could feature in Qatar four years time, after becoming the fourth player to score at four World Cups.
“I keep talking about Cristiano but what more can I say?” Santos said. “He’s the best in the world.
“I hope that he keeps scoring and if he’s there in Qatar, I hope he scores again.”